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Today we see ideas that have been tossed around for a long time that are scorned and ridiculed as going against the laws of physics.  They have all been heaped into one place at the same time on youtube, and they go viral because some think it's amazing, and the doubters scorn the tech.  For many years it was believed that a carbuerator could burn more completely and run super efficiently.  The mainstream would toss such ideas out as quackery "  and on we went with fuel inefficient cars.  

Then today we see such things as the car that got 463 miles per gallon scorned by physics proponents, and then Volkswagon comes out with the XL1 touting 300 miles per gallon and justifies that the physics behind the idea was not so proposterous, and in fact was great science!  

Yesterday, July 27th, German scientists presented new experimental results on the controversial, "impossible" EM Drive, at the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics' Propulsion and Energy Forum in Orlando. The presentation is titled "Direct Thrust Measurements of an EmDrive and Evaluation of Possible Side-Effects."

Presenter Martin Tajmar is a professor and chair for Space Systems at the Dresden University of Technology, interested in space propulsion systems and breakthrough propulsion physics.


A Revolutionary Development for Space Travel

Tajmar's Experiment

The EM Drive (Electro Magnetic Drive) uses electromagnetic microwave cavities to directly convert electrical energy to thrust without the need to expel any propellant. First proposed by Satellite Propulsion Research, a research company based in the UK founded by aerospace engineer Roger Shawyer, the EM Drive concept was predictably scorned by much of the mainstream research community for allegedly violating the laws of physics, including the conservation of momentum.

However, NASA Eagleworks – an advanced propulsion research group led by Dr. Harold G. “Sonny” White at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) – investigated the EM Driveand presented encouraging test results in 2014 at the 50th Joint Propulsion Conference.

White proposes that the EM Drive’s thrust is due to virtual particles in the quantum vacuum that behave like propellant ions in magneto-hydrodynamical propulsion systems, extracting "fuel" from the very fabric of space-time and eliminating the need to carry propellant. While a number of scientists criticize White's theoretical model, others feel that he is at least pointing to the right direction. TheNASASpaceFlight website and forums have emerged as unofficial news source and discussion space for all things related to the EM Drive and related breakthrough space propulsion proposals such as theCannae Drive.

Shawyer has often been dismissed by the research establishment for not having peer-reviewed scientific publications, but White and Tajmar have impeccable credentials that put them beyond cheap dismissal and scorn. Physics is an experimental science, and the fact that the EM Drive works is confirmed in the lab. "This is the first time that someone with a well-equipped lab and a strong background in tracking experimental error has been involved, rather than engineers who may be unconsciously influenced by a desire to see it work," notes Wired referring to Tajmar's work.




Hacked has obtained a copy of Tajmar's Propulsion and Energy Forum paper, co-authored by G. Fiedler.

"Our measurements reveal thrusts as expected from previous claims after carefully studying thermal and electromagnetic interferences," note the researchers. "If true, this could certainly revolutionize space travel."

The nature of the thrusts observed is still unclear.

"Additional tests need to be carried out to study the magnetic interaction of the power feeding lines used for the liquid metal contacts," conclude the researchers. "Nevertheless, we do observe thrusts close to the magnitude of the actual predictions after eliminating many possible error sources that should warrant further investigation into the phenomena. Next steps include better magnetic shielding, further vacuum tests and improved EMDrive models with higher Q factors and electronics that allow tuning for optimal operation."

Contrary to sensationalist reports published by the sensationalist press, the EM Drive is not a "warp drive" for faster than light travel. It could, however, according to current experimental evidence, be a revolutionary development for faster and cheaper space transportation.

Wired notes that an EmDrive could get to Pluto in less than 18 months and mentions more ambitious ideas including a manned trip to the moons of Saturn with a three-year mission time. "Some damage to our theories of physics is an acceptable payoff if we get a working space drive," concludes the Wiredarticle.

Images from M. Tajmar, G. Fiedler, and Wikimedia Commons.

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Sometimes I think that the laws of physics were created to keep people from experimenting outside the box and discovering something "they" don't want us to discover.  Though the laws of physics give us certain paramaters in which to work, and function with certain mathmatical certainty, it is the inventors, the creators, the thinkers, the dreamers who will come up with tomorrows great ideas.  Continue to dream outside the box, and anything is possible!  When you run into a road block, keep looking for a work around.  These guys did, and they proved physics wrong.  And now the books have to change.... again.  :)

So when I see a cool perpetual motion video or over unity device in a video on Youtube, I often wonder whether they will be scorned as quackery in the future, or recognized as the genius that shaped the world.  Each idea must be tested to see if it is what it seems to be, so that through verification and mass production, we may bring such technologies to power our lives with little cost and no harm to our planet.  That is what we are working toward.  Dream big, and press on!

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