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Chinese Make Advances with ‘Impossible’ Space Drive

The latest developments driving the proponents of old-think crazy, surrounds the so-called space travel technology called the EmDrive. In a closed, cone-shaped chamber microwaves are fired in such a way as to cause more force at one end than the other. The machine, say proponents, could provide virtually fuel-less propulsion for space travel, capable of acceleration to near light speed—what Star Trek used to call warp speed. Under the rules of Newtonian physics, which demand the ‘conservation of momentum,’ all of that is deemed impossible.

British aerospace engineer Roger Shawyer invented the drive in 1999. Like ‘Cold Fusion’ 10 years earlier, conventional scientists everywhere have sneered at the Em-Drive. The problem—some might say ‘the embarrassment’—for them is that it seems to work. No less an authority than NASA has produced a peer-reviewed study clearly presenting evidence that the thing actually works.

The latest reports come from China in an article published in December 2016, the Science and Technology Daily, the official newspaper of China’s ministry of Science and Technology. “We have successfully developed several specifications of multiple prototype principles,” says the head of China’s communication satellite division Chen Yue. “The establishment of an experimental verification platform to complete the milli-level micro thrust measurement test, as well as several years of repeated experiments and investigations into corresponding interference factors, confirm that in this type of thruster, thrust exists.” It is indeed, say the Chinese authorities, at the later stages of ‘proof-of-principle.’ Some sources say the Chinese have tested the EmDrive at their Tiangong-2 space laboratory.

This is all too much for the church of science. The website Futurism.com calls the Chinese untrustworthy in such research and writes that, “Despite NASA’s recent publication of their peer-reviewed study, experts remain skeptical about the EmDrive. They are also taking the NASA study with a sizable grain of salt.”

For another take on the coming technologies of space travel, see William B. Stoecker’s article on page 22.

 

Mysterious Metals in Martian Sky

A NASA satellite orbiting Mars for the last five years is sending back unexpected data about electrically-charged metal alloys, now being found in the Martian atmosphere, unlike anything found on Earth. So far experts are baffled by what they are learning from the Mars MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Emission) spacecraft.

Joseph Grebowsky, a scientist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is heading up an effort to explain the discoveries. Unlike Earth, Mars has no strong magnetic field to pull in particles from interplanetary space. But, still, the magnetic particles have formed layers that, so far, defy conventional explanation. Grebowski says it is all “very exciting.”

Former NASA physicist, John Brandenburg, has long argued that in very ancient times, Mars was the site of multiple nuclear explosions that, he says, destroyed an advanced civilization then existing there. For more on Brandenburg’s arguments see “Ancient Nukes on Mars,” AR #107 (September/October, 2014). So far, however, there has been no comment from Grebowski about any role that nuclear events could have played in the magnetic anomalies detected by MAVEN.