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IT should be impossible. But science appears to say it’s happening. A prototype space engine seems to be producing energy from nothing. And it’s just passed peer review.
The reactionless thruster was met with a surge of excitement — and scepticism — when reports of its science-fiction sounding ability to pull fuel out of the void of space itself emerged in 2001.
If true, we could be walking on the surface of Pluto much sooner than anyone dared dream.
Despite a bevy of tests, including this one by NASA’s propulsion workshop (Eagleworks), the bold claim simply hasn’t gone away. Now it’s another step closer to credibility.
The formal study into the controversial, physics-defying EM Drive was formally published in the Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Journal of Propulsion and Power late last week. This means the processes and measurements used in testing the performance of this ‘impossible engine’ could not be faulted by a panel of independent scientists.
Do you think this is a fascinating development for science, or is the device being over-hyped?
It doesn’t mean it’s real, though. It just means something’s happening that isn’t yet fully understood... So, with the ‘impossible’ EM drive, the only way this could really work is if an as-yet unknown mysterious reaction is happening with the very substance of space itself.
originally posted by: ms898
a reply to: DarkvsLight29
The reason why it is so exciting is that it is a zero propelent drive which means it can provide thrust without consuming any fuel. As stated in the peer reviewed paper that came out earlier this month, out of all the zero propelent technologies for example like solar sails it provides the highest thrust potential.
If you have propelent it runs out. This drive uses solar panels and liquid hydrogen to produce microwaves inside a cone like chamber and somehow it produces thrust without consuming anything.
The op is right this is a huge News story.
originally posted by: Tardacus
a reply to: LifeMode
It`s kind of important to understand how it works otherwise you won`t be able to fix it when it stops doing what it`s suppose to do.
If they can`t fix it then they need to carry a lot of spare engines when they venture far into space.