A flying carpet might take us to Pluto

A U.S. scientist says a giant solar panel unfurled in space like a carpet might one day make space flights possible without using nuclear propulsion. Space scientist Rudolf Meyer at the University of California-Los Angeles has designed a “flying carpet” formed of a solar-electric membrane. The membrane would supply power to an array of ion engines, in which xenon ions are attracted to a high-voltage grid and pushed from a nozzle.

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