Open Access Open Access  Restricted Access Subscription or Fee Access

Superconductors Applied in Electrodynamic Engine

Valentin Vladimirovich Podvysotsky(1*)

(1) Independent researcher, Ukraine
(*) Corresponding author



In this article, a new field of application of superconductors and heavy-duty materials (for example, graphene) is considered. It is shown that the use of superconductors in space technology makes possible to create new propulsion systems (which can be more effective than chemical and nuclear rocket engines). The article proposes an electrodynamic engine, which consists of two main parts: an electrodynamic tether and an electric jet propulsor. In the process of movement of a spacecraft in a magnetic field, the electrodynamic tether generates an electric current that calls into operation the electric jet propulsor. It will be shown that there is a mode of operation, when the force of acceleration of electric jet propulsor exceeds the braking force of electrodynamic tether. As a result, the velocity of the spacecraft will increase (while its mass and kinetic energy will decrease, in accordance with the laws of conservation). The only source of energy for the engine is the spacecraft kinetic energy. The article considers an example of using a new engine for flights to the Jupiter system.
Copyright © 2018 Praise Worthy Prize - All rights reserved.


Superconductivity; Graphene; Electrodynamic; Kinetic; Jet; Engine; Colonization; Jupiter

Full Text:



V. V. Podvysotsky, The engine for the spacecraft, Engineer, 1 (1992), 39.

V. V. Podvysotsky, Space engines of the third millennium, NiT (2003).

V. V. Podvysotsky, Theoretical Study of the Possibility of Creating Kinetic Jet Engine, PROSPECTS OF SCIENCE, 4 (2013), 56-66.

Alexander D. Panov, On the possibility of using the Podvysotsky kinetic engine for flights within the Solar system and to create an interstellar probe, Space Colonization Journal, 5 (2014).

V. I. Levantovsky, The mechanics of space flight in an elementary presentation, third ed. (Moscow, Nauka, 1980, p. 311).

Sho Ikeda , Shin Watanabe, Bisser Raytchev and others, Spectral Rendering of Interference Phenomena Caused by Multilayer Films Under Global Illumination Environment, ITE Transactions on Media Technology and Applications (MTA), 1 (2015), 76-84.

А. V. Arzhannikov, A. D. Beklemishev, High-thrust electric engine with corrugated helical magnetic field, Bulletin of Novosibirsk State University, Series: Physics, 1 (2016), 107-118.

Christopher C. Finlay, Julien Aubert and Nicolas Gillet, Gyre-driven decay of the Earth's magnetic dipole, Nature Communications, 10422 (2016), doi:10.1038/ncomms10422

S. J. Bolton, A. Adriani, V. Adumitroaie and others, Jupiter’s interior and deep atmosphere: The initial pole-to-pole passes with the Juno spacecraft, Science, 356 (2017), 821-825.

L. V. Belevtsov, A. A. Kostikov, Critical current of textured granular superconductors in the region of strong magnetic fields, Solid State Physics, 49 (2007), 1010.

Max Sieger, Patrick Pahlke, Mayraluna Lao and others, Thick Secondary Phase Pinning-Enhanced YBCO Films on Technical Templates, IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, 28 (2018).

C. Lee, X. Wei, J.W. Kysar, J. Hone, Measurement of the Elastic Properties and Intrinsic Strength of Monolayer Graphene, Science, 321 (2008), 385-388.

Pasquale M. Sforza, Theory of Aerospace Propulsion, (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2016, pp. 675-678).

Stéphane Mazouffre, Electric propulsion for satellites and spacecraft: established technologies and novel approaches, Plasma Sources Science and Technology, 25 (2016), 1-27.

A. I. Morozov, A. P. Shubin., Cosmic electro-reactive engines, (Knowledge, 1975, p. 11).

SpaceX Rapto, Spaceflight101, Friday, May 26 (2017).

Del Pizzo, A., Di Noia, L., Rizzo, R., Energy Storage System Sizing for a Twin Engine Four-Seat Aircraft Electrical Propulsion, (2017) International Review of Aerospace Engineering (IREASE), 10 (6), pp. 315-322.

Belousov, A., Sedelnikov, A., Potienko, K., Study of Effective Application of Electric Jet Engine as a Mean to Reduce Microacceleration Level, (2015) International Review of Aerospace Engineering (IREASE), 8 (4), pp. 157-160.


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Please send any question about this web site to
Copyright © 2005-2021 Praise Worthy Prize