Arx Pax, creator of the hover engine technology and Magnetic Field Architecture, announced a partnership (in this case a Space Act Agreement) with NASA that would widen the number of applications for their magnetic levitation technology.
The collaboration aims to find alternative ways to manipulate cubesats (small-sized satellites) without touching or colliding with them. In plain English: they are trying to build a magnetic tractor beam. This could be accomplished by using a magnetic field between the objects. The device would draw and repel satellites at the same time, which means that it will hold satellites at a certain distance, not allowing to move away or toward the capture apparatus.
The magnetic device developed by Arx Pax and NASA will improve the efficiency of micro-satellites. Although the main purpose of this research will hopefully lead to new advancements in terms of space exploration, the magnetic levitation technology has a long-term potential way beyond that.
NASA is confident about the mutually-beneficial prospects of this collaboration and puts emphasis on innovation.
Co-founder of Arx Pax, Greg Henderson, declared that the collaboration with NASA represents a milestone in the history of their company. The employees at Arx Pax are thrilled to work side-by-side with NASA’s team of engineers and scientists and they are excited about the impact they can generate.
Arx Pax, is a Silicon Valley tech company that last year invented the Magnetic Field Architecture technology, thus developing a more potent way of transmitting electromagnetic energy. Applications of the hover engines that use this technology include industrial automation, transportation and structural isolation. Over the course of the next few decades, the MFA technology will most likely change the way people live, work and play.
The collaboration is going well and it’s evolving in the right direction, according to NASA officials, who promised to share more information as they hit specific milestones in their efforts. As it moves forward, the projects continues to generate more and more curiosity.
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