NASA investigating magnetic manipulation of cubesats with magnetic hoverboard maker

Arx Pax is moving ​beyond hoverboards to take its magnetic technology off the Earth entirely. The company announced a partnership deal to bring its magnetic field manipulation technology to NASA, with two specific purposes in mind (and many more to come): first, to retrieve small satellites, and second, to create microgravity environments here on Earth.

Arx Pax has the hover engine, which creates a strong magnetic field. That magnetic field then interacts with a conductive surface of aluminum or copper to create a secondary magnetic field, which can then be manipulated to attract or repel the engine.

The company demonstrated this tech through the Hendo hoverboard to capture the public imagination, but its real purposes go deeper. It was conceived as a way to stabilize buildings during an earthquake, and it has since been diversified to other applications, including some that could be used in hyperloop concepts.

For NASA’s purposes, the system would be perfect for CubeSats—small “microsatellites” designed for light payload missions.

Arx Pax has Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA™) technology.

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