Antimatter galaxy detection: Are we closer to becoming an interstellar species?

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Antimatter in space

The most recent advancement in the field of astrophysics is the confirmed detection of antimatter galaxies, cosmic rays and asteroids using the Santilli Telescope. Dr. Ruggero Maria Santilli, chief scientist of Thunder Energies Corporation (OTCQB: TNRG), has been devoted to antimatter studies since the mid-60s. Through rigorous studies and experiments, he succeeded in making the world’s first  telescope with concave lenses that systematize the search for antimatter celestial bodies.

The confirmed detection of antimatter in space brings us a step closer to finding out where all the antimatter are after the Big Bang. Understanding and harnessing antimatter in space can also lead to higher forms of energy source.

Antimatter created on Earth is less than a microgram, and it is extremely expensive to produce. The experiments on antimatter and on the pure energy from matter-antimatter annihilation cost billions of dollars to execute, but Santilli’s detection has the potential to lessen the costs for technology to finally use antimatter.  

Antimatter rockets

Scientists are now looking to make antimatter drives as propulsion systems a reality with the development of the world's first antimatter rocket. CEO Ryan Weed and his team at Positron Dynamics are creating the spacecraft that can loop Earth in three seconds and reach Mars in weeks.

"We can become an interstellar species," Weed told Wired UK. The team behind Positron Dynamics aims to reach Alpha Centauri, the closest star system to ours. With the fastest spacecraft available to man, it will still take 30,000 years to reach the Alpha Centauri.

"We need much better rockets; we need much better ways to get out there,” said Weed.

An antimatter-powered rocket travelling to the closest star system may still be years away, but there are short term advancements that can lead to Weed’s vision.

Google, Samsung, and SpaceX are planning to launch satellites in the next few years, and this tech advancement is a huge step for them. Google Skybox, for instance, wants to create a live version of Google Map, and Samsung is looking to launch 5,000 satellites to create a global broadband network.

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