Why hasn't anyone posted this news?
It"s a neat idea actually. The only problem is how to generate the electricity to power the engine in the first place. It could be fuel cell or if you want to go super high power, it could be powered by nuclear reactor.
I am a long time reader, but first time poster.
First of all thank you SamuraiBlue for posting the article.
After reading about this plasma jet engine, I find the idea fascinating.
It might be dumb to ask but what I would like to know is, is this meant to be a purely new propulsion system (i.e. non-conventional design, etc) or is it to act as a replacement for current fuel injection method in a conventional jet engine?
I think if it is to act as replacement then, some of the electricity can be recouped from the turbine in the engine following ignition, lowering the input from the external power source whist the engine is in operation.
Also possibly a stupid idea for starting-up the engine would be a ground base external power source, once the engine is spun up to speed, detach and off the jet go.
Just my two cents, if anyone with the relevant back ground could help explain whether the above is workable or not, it would be much appreciated.