Yesterday I blogged about an intriguing experiment in entanglement involving atoms in a hot gas demonstrating entanglement (and perhaps partial entanglement) occurs at scales much larger than that of typical quantum mechanics. Well, brace yourselves, because today's article, submitted by J.H. (to whom a big thank you), is no less startling for its implications:
Here's the crux of the technology, now done on a small scale proof-of-concept experiment:
The device compresses air and ionizes it with microwaves, generating plasma that thrusts it forward, according to research published Tuesday in the journal AIP Advances. That means planes may someday fly using just electricity and the air around them as fuel.
There's a long way to go between a proof-of-concept prototype and installing an engine in a real plane. But the prototype was able to launch a one-kilogram (2.2-pound) steel ball 24 millimeters (almost one inch) into the air. That's the same thrust, proportional to scale, as a conventional jet engine.
"Our results demonstrated that such a jet engine based on microwave air plasma can be a potentially viable alternative to the conventional fossil fuel jet engine," lead researcher and Wuhan University engineer Jau Tang said in a press release.
Now, you know me. The fact that this experiment was done at Wuhan University already sends my suspicion meter into the red zone, as does the timing of the release of news about this experiment. Given the bad press that China has faced with respect to the Fauci-Lieber-Wuhan-Baal Gates virus, I would not be a bit surprised that this "little" story might be a bit of "damage control," as if to say "See, not everything coming out of Communist China is bad."
In aid of that reading the motivation for the experiment is given as finding a technology to combat global warming:
Air travel represents a small but not insignificant portion factor of climate change. The New York Times reported in September that commercial air is responsible for 2.5 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions - though that excludes military jets.
"The motivation of our work is to help solve the global warming problems owing to humans' use of fossil fuel combustion engines to power machinery, such as cars and airplanes," Tang said in the release.
Now, I do not for a moment believe that the Communist Party of China cares one whit about global warming, greenhouses gases coming from jet aircraft, and so on. After all, air quality in China is acknowledged to be some of the worst in the world, and Chinese were wearing face masks long before Dr. Fauci (rhymes with Grouchy) came along, and not because of viruses either.
So what's the real game here, and what has my high octane speculation motor running in overdrive?
Back in the 1950s, the American physicist Thomas Townsend Brown - to mention but one person who has had this idea - took out a patent for a jet engine that would charge its exhaust with negative polarity. Place a positively charge dipole on the leading edge of an aircraft using such an engine, and one would create an ionized field around an aircraft that would contribute to lift and thrust. Some, like Dr. Thomas Vallone, has speculated that such a system is already in play in the B-2 stealth bomber. So in effect, what we're looking at here is a "generation two" model of the same basic idea, only one dispensing with the normal type of jet engine compressor, and replacing it with a microwave version which creates a plasma for thrust.
There is, however, an additional implication of this research, and that's the stealth capability itself. Here I have to digress a bit to argue why I do not think, and have never thought, that stealthy aircraft are really all that stealthy, radar absorbent materials or not. And this goes directly to the nature of radar itself. Most people misunderstand radar as a "bounce," as a reflection of a signal from a metallic surface, much like a mirror reflects light. That indeed is one model of radar and it is the one in the popular imagination. But in reality, radar is a secondary transmitter effect: stimulating a metallic surface by a beam in the microwave end of the spectrum - like radio waves - generates an electrical current in the object so irradiated. That current, in its turn, is not only resonant to the object being irradiated, but the object itself thus becomes its own broadcast antenna, beaming out a signal. This is the signal being picked up and amplified by a radar set. Thus, if one knows the resonant frequency of even a stealthy object, one can stimulate and amplify this current.
But now imagine an aircraft utilizing such a technology in its engines as outlined in this article. The aircraft will be sheathed in an electrical plasma possessing its own electrical properties. Thus, it becomes possible to imagine new methods not only of stealthiness, but also new methods of detection. Moreover, those methods might include methods of jamming the microwave signals creating the jet plasma to begin with. In other words, jamming technologies might be created that could effectively shut down such an engine.
And that's why I'm not buying the "global warming" explanation...
See you on the flip side...