British researchers believe that space propulsion technology EmDrive could aid astronauts in reaching Mars in a month's time instead of three or more. A report about this technology was leaked on the NASA Spaceflight fan forum and was deleted soon. Warp drive is a faster-than-light (FTL) spacecraft propulsion system in many science fiction works, most notably Star Trek.
This technology functions by giving out microwaves in a cone-shaped closed engine, making the engine act like a propulsion system.
EmDrive had made headlines last year as the spacecraft has the chances of being fuel-free, though the entire idea of having such a spacecraft seems impossible. What made the idea of having such a system controversial and impossible was that it wouldn't be able to follow the laws of Physics, such as the Newton's Third Law which states that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, Science Alert reported.
"This technology is a quantum leap – it would enable vertical take-off and landing for airplanes, it's quiet and it uses liquid hydrogen as a fuel, so it's green too," British scientist, engineer and inventor of this technology, Roger Shawyer, was quoted as saying by the Daily Express.
"We will go to Mars, but the most important thing is what EmDrive will do for the rest of the world. It will be solar power stations, city-to-city long-haul flights using hydrogen. It's green and convenient and will change our world in the next few decades," he added.