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Why DARPA Is Betting a Million Bucks on an "Impossible" Space Drive
Popular Mechanics ^ | 11/2/18 | David Hambling

Posted on 11/02/2018 2:06:22 PM PDT by LibWhacker

Edited on 11/02/2018 2:27:30 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Agency responsible with filling the government's coffers with cutting-edge tech is funding a controversial drive that's based on unproven science.

The law of conservation of momentum says that a rocket (or anything else) can't accelerate forward without some form of exhaust ejected backward. But in 1998, a British engineer named Roger Shawyer announced the seemingly impossible—he had built a closed system that could generate thrust.


(Excerpt) Read more at popularmechanics.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: astronomy; darpa; drive; emdrive; impossible; science; spaceexploration; stringtheory
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1 posted on 11/02/2018 2:06:22 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

The question is: can it accelerate us fast enough to get away from libtards?


2 posted on 11/02/2018 2:13:27 PM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: LibWhacker
I don't believe in this device but it might be interesting to know why it appears to work in defiance of known physics.

3 posted on 11/02/2018 2:13:52 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (I'd rather have Unequal Wealth than Equal Poverty.)
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To: LibWhacker

Well, it this is in Popuular Mechanix, it must be true.

After all, they are the ones hyperventilating about particle beams and rail guns already deployed on ships.............


4 posted on 11/02/2018 2:14:37 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: LibWhacker
"a controversial drive that's based on unproven science."

It runs on Climate Change/Global Warming?

5 posted on 11/02/2018 2:15:22 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: LibWhacker
It sounds more plausible than
6 posted on 11/02/2018 2:15:29 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: LibWhacker

” move a car forward by pushing on the dashboard”

In zero gravity for a week?


7 posted on 11/02/2018 2:17:27 PM PDT by dljordan (WhoVoltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.")
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To: LibWhacker

bkmk


8 posted on 11/02/2018 2:18:00 PM PDT by sauropod (Yield to sin, and experience chastening and sorrow; yield to God, and experience joy and blessing.)
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To: LibWhacker
I find it fascinating that physicists are so quick to discount anything that contradicts their knowledge base.

Why not explore this? The worst that could happen is that they are right and it's a dead end. Alternatively, if it works, physics has new areas to explore, new theories to deal with.

We can go beyond Einstein, eventually.

9 posted on 11/02/2018 2:20:35 PM PDT by Chainmail (A simple rule of life: if you can be blamed, you're responsible.)
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To: LibWhacker
"“If DARPA does not gather this evidence and publish the results, positive or negative, then who in the U.S. government will?”"

Well there is always the NSF.

No, wait, they are off in the SJW and transgender weeds....

10 posted on 11/02/2018 2:23:55 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: LibWhacker

I propose making a drive from a series of solar panels, a cone with an LED array at the apex, and an open end at the other. The star radiation ( light) gathered by the panels will provide limitless but modest power to the LEDs, they in turn will last many hundreds of thousands of years in the cool of space. The emitted light will provide thrust to the vehicle and will slowly increase velocity until it is travelling at tremendous speed. Of course, it will be the size of a grain of rice. DARPA, will you grant me about $168k ( the cost of my mortgage and a few other small debts, plus a car) to build and demonstrate it?

Thanks in advance.

Sincerely, Me (oh, BTW, I am a disabled vet, does that count for points? And one more thing, my granddaughter who is a minor but really smart, will be my partner, so woman owned endeavor too)


11 posted on 11/02/2018 2:24:20 PM PDT by Manly Warrior (US ARMY (Ret), "No Free Lunches for the Dogs of War")
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To: Chainmail

There is always Cold Fusion to perfect.

Especially since Hot Fusion remains 20 years out.


12 posted on 11/02/2018 2:25:48 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SunkenCiv

*ping*


13 posted on 11/02/2018 2:28:57 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj ("It's Slappin' Time !")
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To: LibWhacker

You can actually move a car, or get it to bounce or rock slightly if you rock back and forth in the back seat hitting the seat back with each oscillation.

But, you have to have intermittent, not steady pressure.

This appears to be the same thing. The trick is that the microwaves would be acting like, for lack of a better analogy, someone firing a pistol into a trap on the from of the car. The bullet could, if it had enough kinetic energy, transfer energy to the trap and move the vehicle. With a pistol that energy would be balanced by the recoil.

The microwave generator has no recoil.

At least that is how it appears to me.


14 posted on 11/02/2018 2:29:52 PM PDT by Fai Mao (There is no rule of law in the US until The PIAPS is executed.)
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To: LibWhacker

Only a million bucks? I would bet that the Pentagon spends that much for paper clips.


15 posted on 11/02/2018 2:31:25 PM PDT by Ed Condon (subliminal messages here in invisible ink)
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To: LibWhacker

16 posted on 11/02/2018 2:31:58 PM PDT by PLMerite ("They say that we were Cold Warriors. Yes, and a bloody good show, too." - Robert Conquest)
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To: LibWhacker; All

At an annual conference regarding just this material I believe last year, 2 of the top researchers on this question were asked what problems they might encounter if they finally are able to propel something other than a proton and an electron (because of the gamma principle) at the speed of light or close to it.

The answer? Dust.

At that speed, there is no material, no steel strong enough that would stop little microscopic specs of dust from piercing the hull of a ship.

Long story short, you would be impaled by microscopic pieces of dust that would fly right through you, piercing every square inch of you body, all of your organs, veins and arteries almost instantaneously, and you’d essentially disintegrate.

Sweet


17 posted on 11/02/2018 2:37:46 PM PDT by George Rand (-- I can't befriend liberals because I won't befriend ignorance --)
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To: LibWhacker

Would it take 1000 years to reach 1000 mph?


18 posted on 11/02/2018 2:37:48 PM PDT by antidemoncrat
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To: wastoute

I want them to develop a system that uses libtards for fuel. . . .


19 posted on 11/02/2018 2:40:12 PM PDT by RatRipper (The Democrat Party is the party of liars, swindlers, cheats and unbridled immorality.)
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To: George Rand

“At that speed, there is no material, no steel strong enough that would stop little microscopic specs of dust from piercing the hull of a ship.”

Shields up Mr. Zulu.


20 posted on 11/02/2018 2:43:39 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (EVERYONE IS UNIQUE! JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE!)
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