See the Steam-Powered Probe That Could Explore Space Forever - Futurism
Futurism.com - Fri 11 Jan 21:30 GMT

See the Steam-Powered Probe That Could Explore Space Forever - Futurism

It could hop from asteroid to asteroid indefinitely.

  It’s called the World Is Not Enough (WINE), and instead of using fuel to power its movement, the craft mines water from its current location and turns it into steam — and uses it to propel itself to a new destination, like something out of a forgotten Jules Verne novel.

  “We could potentially use this technology to hop on the Moon, Ceres, Europa, Titan, Pluto, the poles of Mercury, asteroids — anywhere there is water and sufficiently low gravity,” University of Central Florida researcher Phil Metzger said in a news release.

  Metzger did the necessary computer modeling and simulations for the craft, and when it came time to test out WINE, UCF provided simulated asteroid material for the craft to mine.

  WINE extracts water from asteroids and uses it for steam propulsion.

  pic.twitter.com/vrFB8WhEGt — Kris Zacny (@kriszacny) December 31, 2018 Perpetual Exploration Machine As we’ve explored the solar system, we’ve discovered an abundance of water — it’s on the Moon, on other planets, and even on asteroids.