posted on Jul, 14 2010 @ 08:28 PM
I have read about this drive before - and I cannot really comment on how sound the theory is. It makes sense - but, at the same time - a lot of
things that you would think work, end up to not really work like you think they will.
That said - the whole controversy over whether or not it violates the laws of nature seems to be nothing more than childish bantering from people who
haven't taken the time to actually look at the theory.
The drive would seem to be 'reactionless' - except it would operate on the principle of reflecting photons, which seem to pop in and out of
existence to the bewilderment of physicists, everywhere - so, they seem to either fill every inch of space, or spawn from high-energy radiation. In
either case - it doesn't require us to drag along a tank of xenon or something, so that's a marked improvement.
On the other hand, it doesn't propose to get 'something from nothing' - which seems to be the main point of contest about the device. Either the
physicists touting this line are horribly uninformed (due to their own lack of responsibility to read) or have an intolerable amount of intellectual
incompetency. I may not have as much formal education as those types - but it would seem, in this case, I (and quite a few others) are far better
qualified. I'm seeking employment, any names of the opposed 'physicists' who do not have tenure?
More seriously - the proof for this one will have to be in the pudding. If it works, it works. If it doesn't - then it doesn't.
As far as military drives go - it would not provide enough impulse to do much of anything (though this could potentially be improved significantly
through working, but not to the demands of military thrust). It could potentially be a good addition to high-orbit satellites, and even some
lower-orbit ones (using inertial systems to make quick adjustments with this drive allowing the inertia mechanisms to 'bleed' their energy off), and
for long-distance probes - but not much use beyond that.
Military-grade thrust will come from things like VASMIR - particularly if they could produce a 'fusion afterburn' that would inject fusible ions
into the mix and incite a fusion reaction (with proper plasma/magnetic containment) - gaining additional thrust. If the effect could be scaled well
enough - it could also be incorporated as a primary drive arrangement. Though it's purely speculation. VASMIR has a long way to go.