NASA Defies the Laws of Physics, Says Their 'Impossible' EM Drive Actually Works

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 - 1:08PM
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Tuesday, 03 November 2015 - 1:08PM
NASA Defies the Laws of Physics, Says Their 'Impossible' EM Drive Actually Works

People keep telling NASA that their EM Drive thruster is impossible, but they keep finding ways to prove their doubters (and the laws of physics) wrong.

Earlier this year, NASA revealed they were working on a jet thruster that could directly convert electromagnetic energy into thrust by colliding microwaves within a closed container, therefore bypassing the need for propellant and potentially changing the space travel game forever. Physicists rallied to refute the claims made by NASA about their EM Drive, after all, a reactionless engine goes against everything we know about physics.

Tests on the EM Drive have now been carried out by both NASA and independent researchers, and while they were unable to confirm all of the claims made by NASA's initial announcement, they did confirm that the drive was able to produce thrust in a vacuum.

If all the claims about the EM Drive were to be proven accurate, it could produce thousands of times more thrust than conventional propulsion systems and allow us to reach the moon in just four hours, Mars in 70 days and Pluto in just 18 months. Given the game changing nature of the EM Drive's potential, it's not surprising that so much interest is being paid to it. But in the face of vocal (and occasionally vitriolic) criticism from sceptics, new tests have been carried out at NASA's Eagleworks Laboratories and the results, once again, appear to suggest that this 'impossible' engine might actually be possible.



In the past, critics have suggested that the thrust detected in previous tests could be explained by Lorentz force interactions between the drive and Earth's magnetic field. Now, Engineer Paul March claims that further testing and modifications on the drive prove those claims untrue.

Though the results have not yet been peer-reviewed, March revealed as much as he could about what these latest tests have found. Working within the limitations of NASA's strict data sharing policies, March revealed that they successfully constructed a second generation magnetic damper that was able to remove the possibility of any Lorentz force interactions.

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I wish I could show you all the pictures I've taken on how we saluted and mitigated the issues raised by our EW Lab's Blue-Ribbon PhD panel and now Potomac-Neuron's paper, on the possible Lorentz force interactions. That being the Lorentz Interactions with the dc currents on the EW torque pendulum (TP) with the stray magnetic fields from the torque pendulum's first generation open-face magnetic damper and the Earth's geomagnetic field, but I can't due to the restrictive NASA press release rules now applied to the EW Lab.

However since I still can't show you this supporting data until the EW Lab gets our next peer-reviewed lab paper published, I will tell you that we first built and installed a 2nd generation, closed face magnetic damper that reduced the stray magnetic fields in the vacuum chamber by at least an order of magnitude and any Lorentz force interactions it could produce.
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March then closed his statement on the NASA Spaceflight forum with this tease:

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And yet the anomalous thrust signals remain...
Best, Paul March
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Doubts will no doubt still surround these latest findings as even March himself was forced to concede that there was some thermal contamination in the results. Next up for the team at NASA Eagleworks will be to get these latest findings peer-reviewed before creating new tests that will hopefully remove that thermal element of doubt. 

Should these reviews confirm the findings, March will then face the larger tasking of ascertaining exactly what is causing these thrust signals. When we say larger task, we actually mean HUGE task, because at the moment, the greatest minds in the world are all at a loss to explain it.

But Eagleworks aren't the only ones working on solving this impossible problem. Many experts believe that there are multiple labs dotted around the globe all secretly testing similar EM drives. Watching to see how this all plays out is going to be fascinating....and potentially world changing.
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