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.
This is very exciting news! As disappointed as I was initially with the decision to cut NASA funding, I quickly reversed my position as I realized how it would encourage private firms to do what an agency so dependent upon political trends could never do. This will actually, pardon the pun, propel the space race forward better than ever before.
So many of our scientific advances have come as a direct result of the imagination of science fiction authors and their more ingenious fans. It's staggering to think of how many technological marvels that we have come to accept as commonplace in today's society were inspired by and have even far exceeded the prognostications of Gene Roddenberry's original Star Trek series.