WATCH: Stunning footage shows rocket engine burning at MILLIONS of degrees

In the initial tests, he explained a huge amount of energy is put into argon gas, the propellant, to produce a high temperature plasma similar to that found in a nuclear fusion reactor, before an electromagnetic field is used to shoot out the plasma at very high speeds.

However, he added: “When we’re ready to actually test that concept fully, somewhere down the line, we’d operate it with hydrogen.”

Mr Dinan said: “What really excites me is I know how possible it is.

“We’re doing what the world’s greatest physicists have shown to be true.”

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