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Off-Topic: Antigravity engines becoming reality?

Yes, this article is a little out of the box but I'm pretty sure that most of tech geeks (and sci-fi fans ;) would be interested in this matter, that's why I wanted to share the info. Additionally, IF true, this project would in my honest opinion become a revolution easily comparable to the birth of the internet. Some time ago I've read about a brand new concept of a microwave engine designed especially for spacecraft propulsion. A bunch of smart heads from the UK lead by R.Shawyer invented a simply looking yet very complicated (from the view of mathematical and physical theories) prototype of a propeller that uses microwaves to generate thrust and by doing so compensate the power of gravity...

Does it sound like a crazy sci-fi stuff to you? It did to me until I found out that the SPR Ltd. company standing behind the project gained a fund of L125.000 from the UK government for further development and improvement. I seriously doubt British government would invest such a pile of bucks into some kind of trickery. Moreover, despite all criticism and disbelief at the beginning, the scientists have proven their prototype worked exactly as presumed by mathematical calculations supplied by Dr. Richard Paris, prof. of math on the University of Abertay, Dundee. Their project is also supported by a large theory explaining the idea in the language far beyond my comprehension (I didn't really even try to understand that stuff :).

So called "EmDrive" is an experimental thruster converting the electrical energy to a pure power - thrust - without using any conventional propellant in the conversion process. The experimental engine itself has a shape of cavity, wide on one side and narrow on the other side, while the microwave energy is being put in from the source on the narrow side and so called "net force" (thrust) being emitted on the other side.

The project has been divided into 3 periods; The first generation engine was only supposed to become a proof of concept working in the room temperature and lifting a small weight. The second generation experimental engine supported by the grant from UK government was able to make a 100 kg weighing platform slowly move when propelled with an input power of 334 W (watch video). That's definitely not worth the consumptive power you might say and you'd be right. But this is not where it ends.

After approving the calculations and checking that it obeys all physical laws the third generation superconducting engines are coming. This is where it starts to be really interesting. According to their claims, such superconducting engine should be able to lift an object weighing up to 3 tons when using an input power of 1 kW (!); That means it would be theoretically possible to lift 3 tons with an engine supplied by 2 or 3 computer PSU...

It's always possible that something goes wrong but as all tests and calculations are showing, this project looks really promising at the moment. The main aspect that made me start to believe this might be true was the fact that British government supports it. Maybe the time of hovercraft's is simply closer than we are willing to believe...


Additional information:
EmDrive.com

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Comments

  1. Me said on August 2, 2007 at 11:15 am
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    You look tired, Martin.
    Come on, boy !

  2. gho said on August 2, 2007 at 4:07 pm
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    thx for the article…great read

  3. required said on August 2, 2007 at 5:20 pm
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    antigravity != energy-propellant
    afaik there is no such thing as antigravity
    at least thats what physicist say.

  4. thunder7 said on August 3, 2007 at 1:05 am
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    A few years ago there was no such thing as an
    electron microscope and look now behold the birth of nanotechtechnology.

    It all has to start somewhere, why not now?!. Physicist think in a ‘theory’ of what they believe too be. And they have been wrong before. It just means we are human.

    I personally hope this design does get off the ground. I have heard a lot of talk about the astronauts getting drunk before flights, I think I would too with that much TNT strapped to my behind.

    “Bye bye kiss my behind good bye.”

    What other ways are there to get into space,…
    yeah.

    And if this EMDrive does work, we can replace the motors on our cars, and let the computer do the driving cause when your racing from NY to where ever the human just can not react that fast.

    We all saw the DARP challenge our robots will some day be driving.

    I have been watching this EMDRIVE as well, so I have hope it will work, and his theory will become a reality.

    Thunder7

  5. required said on August 3, 2007 at 8:32 am
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    my point is the 100% misleading topic.
    just as misleading as this fictitious year 1907 headline:
    “wright brothers found antigravity”

  6. Yonoz said on August 4, 2007 at 12:55 am
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    Why it’s a Dean Drive for the 21st century!

  7. tefionili said on November 20, 2009 at 3:11 pm
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    Hello…

    I’m fairly new to this forum & just wanted to introduce myself and say “wuzup”.

    For once a solid site with active people that I can follow – which truly is refreshing!

    I am here to learn + get involved in this place. How can I best participate?

    Cheers.

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  8. Oleg said on January 26, 2015 at 12:43 am
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    Russia successfully tested antigravity engine by Leonov
    http://okomov.livejournal.com/577.html

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