NASA scientists proves the “impossible” EMDrive works and it could get us to Mars in 70 days
Warp speed ahead.
After months of debate, speculation, ridicule, and name calling a long-awaited peer-reviewed paper by NASA scientists proves the “impossible” EMDrive really does work, and it could get us to Mars in 70 days.
Scientists from NASA’s Eagleworks Laboratory published the research paper describing the engine that produces thrust in a vacuum without fuel or exhaust, something that should be against the laws of physics.
The team of NASA scientists even put forward a theory describing why the “impossible” engine seems to work, but their hypothesis depends on yet another controversial theory and starts a brand new physics discussion.
The peer-reviewed paper, published in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)’s Journal of Propulsion and Power, describes a study proving the “impossible” EMDrive produces 1.2 millinewtons per kilowatt of thrust in a vacuum.
It’s not as powerful as a rocket, but neither does it need fuel, a major constraint for space travel, and it’s faster than other forms of zero-propellant propulsion like solar sails, laser propulsion, and photon rockets.
In theory, the EMDrive would allow spacecraft to travel between planets using only the power of the sun to generate electricity, astronauts could reach the moon in four hours, Mars in 70 days, and Pluto in 18 months.
For the uninitiated, British scientist inventor Roger Shawyer invented the EMDrive, Electromagnetic Drive, back in 1999, but was widely ridiculed by mainstream scientists because his engine appeared to break Newton’s Third Law of Motion.
The law of physics states that for every action there must be an equal and opposite reaction: for a rocket to go up, exhaust must come down.
The EMDrive works by firing microwaves into a cone-shaped cavity where they exert more force on the flat surface than the cone thereby generating thrust, but it’s a closed system with no exhaust. With nothing pushing back, it appears to be impossible a vehicle could move forward.
When rumors started to circulate that NASA researchers were attempting to prove the EMDrive actually worked, the internet went crazy with derision and when the paper was leaked to the public there were many who refused to believe it.
Now, the peer-reviewed study has been officially published and the world can see the evidence for themselves; the publication of the paper means the research has been reviewed by scientists independent of the Eagleworks lab.
There is one big caveat, however, the study merely proves the science behind the EMDrive, not that it actually works, as Motherboard reported.
Hark back to your high school science classroom. Avert your eyes from the unfortunate hair styles and acne, if necessary, and try to focus on what’s written on the blackboard: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
That’s Newton’s third law of motion. It’s the principle that explains why pushing against a wall will send an ice skater zooming in the opposite direction. It also explains how jet engines work: As hot gases are expelled out the back of the plane, they produce a thrusting force that moves the plane forward.
But the EM drive doesn’t work that way. Its thrust seems to come from the impact of photons on the walls of the copper cavity. That would be like moving a car forward by just banging against the windshield.
The idea was hyped in headlines and splashed across the cover of New Scientist magazine, but most scientists were, and still are, extremely skeptical. There’s no theoretical explanation for how such an engine might work, and not all the possible sources of experimental error have been eliminated.
im calling bullshit on this one..and they even admit that as well..
“The idea was hyped in headlines and splashed across the cover of New Scientist magazine, but most scientists were, and still are, extremely skeptical. There’s no theoretical explanation for how such an engine might work, and not all the possible sources of experimental error have been eliminated.”
“There is one big caveat, however, the study merely proves the science behind the EMDrive, not that it actually works, as Motherboard reported.”
“it could get us to Mars in 70 days.”
great..a fairytale becomes another fairytale..and what do you do when you get there?? 😉
oh, did we tell you it breaks one of the laws of physics?
“The law of physics states that for every action there must be an equal and opposite reaction: for a rocket to go up, exhaust must come down.”