Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Charles Kirkland has served as executive management of the sustainable energy firm Clean Energy Systems, LLC, for the last six years. Outside of his professional responsibilities in Phoenix, Arizona, Charles Kirkland supports a number of emerging technologies, such as hoverboards.
In early September, innovative development company Arx Pax announced that it will partner with NASA to introduce its Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA) technology into the space program. Known for its Hendo hoverboard, the company has developed an MFA hover engine that creates a magnetic field. When in close proximity to a highly conductive surface such as aluminum or copper, the engine repels against the metal. NASA will use this hoverboard technology to move small satellites over distances of several centimeters without needing to physically manipulate them. The satellites, known as cubesats, are only four inches across and typically undergo lightweight missions. MFA technology will help these satellites dock together without crashing.
Within the next few years, Arx Pax and NASA will create a small prototype for use in the satellite program. In addition, NASA will use MFA technology to create microgravity environments on the surface of the earth, eliminating the need for costly testing in space.