Yeah, great isn't it!!
I've just posted it in the science forum...
I'll delete the topic there.
I got it from janes.com;
Anti-gravity propulsion comes ëout of the closetí
By Nick Cook, JDW Aerospace Consultant, London
Boeing, the worldís largest aircraft manufacturer, has admitted it is working on experimental anti-gravity projects that could overturn a century of
conventional aerospace propulsion technology if the science underpinning them can be engineered into hardware.
As part of the effort, which is being run out of Boeingís Phantom Works advanced research and development facility in Seattle, the company is trying
to solicit the services of a Russian scientist who claims he has developed anti-gravity devices in Russia and Finland. The approach, however, has been
thwarted by Russian officialdom.
The Boeing drive to develop a collaborative relationship with the scientist in question, Dr Evgeny Podkletnov, has its own internal project name:
ëGRASPí ó Gravity Research for Advanced Space Propulsion.
A GRASP briefing document obtained by JDW sets out what Boeing believes to be at stake. "If gravity modification is real," it says, "it will alter
the entire aerospace business."
GRASPís objective is to explore propellentless propulsion (the aerospace worldís more formal term for anti-gravity), determine the validity of
Podkletnovís work and "examine possible uses for such a technology". Applications, the company says, could include space launch systems, artificial
gravity on spacecraft, aircraft propulsion and ëfuellessí electricity generation ó so-called ëfree energyí.
But it is also apparent that Podkletnovís work could be engineered into a radical new weapon. The GRASP paper focuses on Podkletnovís claims that his
high-power experiments, using a device called an ëimpulse gravity generatorí, are capable of producing a beam of ëgravity-likeí energy that can exert
an instantaneous force of 1,000g on any object ó enough, in principle, to vaporise it, especially if the object is moving at high speed.
Podkletnov maintains that a laboratory installation in Russia has already demonstrated the 4in (10cm) wide beamís ability to repel objects a kilometre
away and that it exhibits negligible power loss at distances of up to 200km. Such a device, observers say, could be adapted for use as an
anti-satellite weapon or a ballistic missile shield. Podkletnov declared that any object placed above his rapidly spinning superconducting apparatus
lost up to 2% of its weight.
Although he was vilified by traditionalists who claimed that gravity-shielding was impossible under the known laws of physics, the US National
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) attempted to replicate his work in the mid-1990s. Because NASA lacked Podkletnovís unique formula for the
work, the attempt failed. NASAís Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama will shortly conduct a second set of experiments using apparatus built to
Boeing recently approached Podkletnov directly, but promptly fell foul of Russian technology transfer controls (Moscow wants to stem the exodus of
Russian high technology to the West).
The GRASP briefing document reveals that BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin have also contacted Podkletnov "and have some activity in this area".
It is also possible, Boeing admits, that "classified activities in gravity modification may exist". The paper points out that Podkletnov is strongly
anti-military and will only provide assistance if the research is carried out in the ëwhite worldí of open development.
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