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The heart of the Emdrive is a resonant, tapered cavity filled with microwaves.
The idea is a craft capable of making the 10,000-mile run from London to Sydney, Australia in under three hours … or taking a 40-ton payload on the moon in about four days. It will be capable of vertical takeoff and hovering silently in place. If successful, it will be adapted as a personal transport -– your very own flying car.
Originally posted by buddhasystem
It's utter junk. While the author claims that the law of momentum conservation is now violated in this device, the fact that the waveguide is closed means not radiation escapes the cavity hence no momentum carried away from the device, which means it also can't get any.
Originally posted by sos37
"some unknown force at work" - that could have once been used to describe magnetism, radiation, photosynthesis, gravity - take your pick. And people would might have been ridiculed for saying that about those things, too.
[edit on 30-10-2009 by sos37]
Originally posted by ZombieOctopus
Oh I agree, I wouldn't discount the entire story just because he hasn't gotten the details pinned down, it just doesn't help his case with the mainstream.
Originally posted by ecoparity
The emdrive passed scientific analysis in the UK and received government funding. Despite not fully understanding how it works they were able to measure the fact that it does indeed work. Despite this there are still un-informed, self-labeled "skeptics" who will claim it does not.
Originally posted by bsbray11
Figures that westerners would be too skeptical to give the guy the time of day, whereas the Chinese and other foreign countries would.
Science has taken place of religion in this country, not even the scientific method itself but just conventional scientific wisdom. People think if science hasn't validated something yet, then it's no good or doesn't exist. Instead of being used as a tool, science is a church now. Small minds always have to have some kind of crutch, I suppose.