Over the past three days I've been blogging about the strange space news that forms, in my opinion, the necessary backdrop to the recent presidential Executive Order issued by President Obama in respect to "space weather," and today's story is no exception. By now most regular readers here have heard of the EM drive, the drive that produces thrust by relying on microwaves. The drive began in obscurity and, of course, disbelief from a certain segment of the scientific community, but has overcome enough opposition in various tests to be granted a trial test in outer space, and now, according to this story shared by Ms. K.M., is in the process of patent in the United Kingdom, the country where the EM drive was first unveiled:
As the article avers, the significance of a patent implies some sort of scientific validity to the concepts behind the engine. But there are a number of statements in this article that give me pause, both for the hints and suggestions that the principles of the operation of this engine might be different from what was previously stated about it, and for the possibility that this technology might be far older than imagined, and that what we're witnessing is one of those "controlled releases" of information of a "limited hangout" nature, but that is today's high octane speculation which we'll get to in a moment.
Here are the statements:
Utilizing electromagnetic waves as fuel, the EM drive creates thrust by bouncing microwave photons back and forth in a cone-shaped metal cavity.
Now, Newton’s Third Law states that without exhaust you can’t produce thrust, or if something needs an “equal and opposite reaction,” something needs to be coming out of the back of the propulsion system to push it forward, and the EM drive doesn’t have that.
It’s called the law of conservation of momentum, but this invention taps into the ‘zero-point‘ field of energy/electromagnetic waves.
By the way, the laws of physics need to be changed to account for the fact that space is not empty.
Experiments from a number of researchers from around the world and NASA have shown that it can indeed produce thrust with enough power to propel a spacecraft.
Now it is not entirely true that the "laws of physics need to be changed to account for the fact that space is not empty." After all, the 19th century aether lumeniferous theory was essentially a theory of a non-empty space, and the idea that vacuum space has an energy of its own that is limitless and inexhaustible falls out of some models of quantum mechanics. What is new here is that previously the EM drive was said to be a simple microwave thrust.
Now however, that story has changed to the idea that the EM drive is really producing thrust or, to be more precise, a vector translation force, because of its utilization of the zero point energy. I find this highly intriguing for a number of reasons, the first of which is this paper, which is referenced in the article itself:
If one goes to the diagram Figure 15 on page 12 of this paper, one will see something that I personally find very intriguing, for notice the counter-rotation of the device in stacked vortices along the central axis of the cone, and what appears to be a diagrammatic representation of a greater "thrust" toward the narrow end of the cone. Not to coin a pun, but this rang a certain Bell with me, for this is exactly the type of "reverse engineering" I attempted to do for the acclaimed Nazi device in my various books on the subject. Granted, this EM drive is not using any mysterious "Xerum 525" or thorium isomers not direct electricity pulsing, but it is interesting to recall that Nazi scientist Ronald Richter specifically mentioned that plasmas in such a rotational configuration and coherence, when sharply pulsed under conditions of such radio frequency rotation and proper resonance, could tap into or "gate" the zero point energy (see my The Nazi International). It is also interesting to recall that in Igor Witkowski's reconstruction of the Bell story, the device levitated, i.e., produced thrust (See Witkowski, The Truth about the Wunderwaffe).
Under these circumstances I strongly suspect that DARPA's recent announced goal of having the USA be "warp capable" and Dr. Harold White's NASA research into warp drives are possibly connected to this EM drive research.
So why then call it a "limited hangout"?
For the simple reasons pointed out by Dr. Paul LaViolette in his Secrets of Anti-Gravity Propulsion, for in that book, Dr. LaViolette recounted the early 1950s experiments precisely in microwave propulsion, utilizing the soliton effect, which also seems to be at last strongly suggested by Figure 15 in the above referenced paper. According to LaViollette, these experiments were actually successful... in the 1950s. It is when one puts these four stories - the Nazi Bell (as I attempted to 'reverse engineer' it from Witkowski's recounting), the 1950s microwave drive experiments recounted by LaViolette, Richter's statements on rotating cohered plasmas under high DC electrical stress, and the EM drive - together that one sees an intriguing pattern emerge, for other than the Bell, each of the other technologies appear to be fragments of a whole, with each being united in certain basic concepts: rotating systems with elements in counter-rotation. And notably, in the case of the EM drive, the tests were conducted using torsion pendulums.
Viewed in that context then, what the EM drive appears to be is a public release, after decades of silence and secretive development, of a technology that has been long under investigation, and now that "limited hangout" is suggesting explicitly that this whole conceptual and technological edifice would have enormous implications for space travel. And yet, if the Bell story and LaViollette's story are true - and I think they are - then it is really something that is now almost seven decades' old.
And the implications of that are, of course, rather obvious...
See you on the flip side...