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The world's most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), could be used to test the principles behind hyperdrive, a possible future form of spacecraft propulsion that could drive spacecraft at a good fraction of the speed of light.
Now a physicist in the U.S., Franklin Felber, has taken Hilbert's almost forgotten proposal and reversed it, calculating the repulsion should be mutual, with relativistic particles also repelling the stationary mass. Felber suggests this hypervelocity propulsion could be used to propel a stationary mass to a sizeable proportion of the speed of light.
Felber has also suggested his theory could be tested in the LHC, since it will be able to accelerate particles sufficiently to generate the repulsive force. Felber wants to install a resonant test mass beside the particle beam line inside the LHC and measure the tiny forces produced in it by the accelerated particles passing by. The mass would not interfere with the beam, and hence would not disrupt the LHC's normal operations
Originally posted by mahtoosacks
which means i get the first ride!!
this is sweet, i hope it works.
and i really really really hope they uphold the shotgun rule.
[edit on 10/9/2009 by mahtoosacks]
Originally posted by DaMod
My only quandary is can we really predict what exactly will happen when we accelerate two particles to the speed of light and then ram them into each other?
I would say we wouldn't have built this if we did. What happens if there are unforeseen consequences. A lot of unexpected things could happen when messing with stuff like this.