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"Electron Propulsion Engine" in Patent Application Approval Process

September 3, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Defense & Aerospace Week -- A patent application by the inventor Conner, Paul Howard (Roanoke, VA), filed on November 20, 2013, was made available online on August 21, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application has not been assigned to a company or institution.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The invention is directed to an Electron Propulsion Engine that takes free electron packets and accelerates them for the purpose of creating a force by electromagnetic fields for use as propulsion means for a craft.

"My patent for the Electron Propulsion Unit (U.S. Pat. No. 5,546,743, issued Aug. 20, 1996), had claims as to a mechanical embodiment independent of the propulsion process. Since the granting of this patent I have made improvements to the mechanical embodiment, and substantially refined the process. The original patent stated two possible applications, whereas now I have added an additional application, resulting in three primary, groundbreaking applications. I believe upgrades in the areas of mechanics, process, and application justify a new patent."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "Electron Propulsion Engine (EPE) produces a 10 million Newton constant thrust, with a non-prohibitive power plant mass. The engine is designed to operate in two different environments: orbital space (LEO) and interplanetary space. In both environments the applicable vehicle remains spacecraft charge neutral. The performance envelope of EPE will allow it to produce a constant 1 g force (1 Earth gravity) acceleration. This makes it ideal for use as both a manned or unmanned space vehicle.

"This performance level can be applied to three novel applications. A high-performance spacecraft, an Earth-saving asteroid/comet destroying kinetic energy missile, and a gravity telescope capable of solving the greatest challenges of modern science.

"As a manned spacecraft, it can provide its own thrust generated gravity. As a kinetic energy missile it can deliver over a hundred million megatons to completely vaporize an asteroid/comet that threatens the Earth. As a gravity telescope propulsion means, it can allow for the direct viewing of exoplanets and aid research into dark energy, with utilization of the equivalent telescope lens diameter of a million miles.


"FIG. 1. is a side schematic view of the Electron Propulsion Engine.

"FIG. 2. is a side schematic view of the Electron Propulsion Engine in orbital space (LEO).

"FIG. 3. is a side schematic view of the Electron Propulsion Engine in interplanetary space."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: Conner, Paul Howard. Electron Propulsion Engine. Filed November 20, 2013 and posted August 21, 2014. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: Patents, Aerospace, Spacecraft.

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Source: Defense & Aerospace Week

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