This Morning, I Had an Idea: Creating a Helical Plasma Rocket Engine

Robert McMenemy
5 min read3 days ago


This morning, as I sipped my coffee and pondered the wonders of technology and space exploration, an exciting idea struck me. What if we could create a rocket engine that spins plasma gases in a helix before igniting them with electricity to create an arc plasma engine?

It sounds like something out of science fiction, but with today’s advancements in AI, materials science, and plasma physics, it’s an idea worth exploring. Join me on this theoretical journey as we dive into the concept and potential realization of this innovative propulsion system.

The Concept

Plasma Generation

Plasma, an ionized gas composed of positive ions and free electrons, is often referred to as the fourth state of matter. To generate plasma, a neutral gas such as hydrogen, argon, or xenon must be ionized. This process typically requires high energy input, achieved through electrical discharge or electromagnetic fields.

  • Electrical Discharge: A high-voltage electric current passes through the gas, stripping electrons from atoms and creating ions.
  • Electromagnetic Fields: Microwaves or radio frequency fields can also ionize the gas by providing energy to free electrons.