November 4, 2015

Oh ... Isaac?

This is strange, exciting stuff.
Engineer Roger Shawyer’s controversial EmDrive thruster jets back into relevancy this week, as a team of researchers at NASA’s Eagleworks Laboratories recently completed yet another round of testing on the seemingly impossible tech. Though no official peer-reviewed lab paper has been published yet, and NASA institutes strict press release restrictions on the Eagleworks lab these days, engineer Paul March took to the NASA Spaceflight forum to explain the group’s findings. In essence, by utilizing an improved experimental procedure, the team managed to mitigate some of the errors from prior tests — yet still found signals of unexplained thrust.

Isaac Newton should be sweating.

Flying in the face of traditional laws of physics, the EmDrive makes use of a magnetron and microwaves to create a propellant-less propulsion system. By pushing microwaves into a closed, truncated cone and back towards the small end of said cone, the drive creates the momentum and force necessary to propel a craft forward. Because the system is a reaction-less drive, it goes against humankind’s fundamental comprehension of physics, hence its controversial nature.
Story here, more here.


Kid said...

What we really need though is hyper warp drive with ludicrous mode.

Doom said...

Boys read comics, about heroes with super powers. Boys grow up and learn that isn't true. Then they learn of physics, which limits reality even if it isn't fully understood. Then, as men of science, they decide to try to ditch reality and create various sorts of free energy, free power, or such. The physics equivalent of the seven golden cities, or one of them. Never to be found.

Oh, enjoy the... notion. Just don't fall too deeply. Or, that is what I believe. Still, even as a man, I love my own fairy tales. Just not this one, usually.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Yeah ... what?


Eagle works says the microwave field generated in the drive’s cavity could be pushing against quantum vacuum virtual plasma. The problem is there’s no such thing.