I heard something about this a couple of years ago. Good find tho.
Yeah, I could've sworn I read something on it not too long ago. And in the yahoo article it mentioned it would start testing in 2013....much closer than anything else the government is planning (or rather not planning). Boosted my hopes just a little bit.
The concept of a "Real" Impuls drive intrigues me. If only that it can speed things up in terms of human exploration. I wonder if the icreased thrust ratio means that adjustments will have to be made to inertia? Otherwise the crew would spend the journey walking uphill.