EM Drive in development that could take us to relatavistic speeds..

Discussion in 'science, nature and environment' started by camouflage, May 2, 2015.

  1. camouflage

    camouflage "marginalia".

    Exciting stuff!

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    http://sploid.gizmodo.com/nasa-reveals-new-impossible-engine-can-change-space-t-1614549987

    Some sort of Vacuum Backstroke Machine... or maybe like standing in a giant tin can and throwing electric rocks at the front end to push oneself through space that way... which seems like cheating physics in the same way as acheiving flight by pulling your left arm upward using your right hand.
     
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  2. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    " The microwaves are generated using electricity that can be provided by solar energy."

    I wonder how far out of the inner solar system that will get us :hmm:
     
  3. camouflage

    camouflage "marginalia".

    It would probably give us a pretty good initial push to be fair... in space that counts for a lot. Besides you could also have nuclear engines now that you're using the vacuum itself as a propellant instead of some sort of explody fluid.
     
  4. Limejuice

    Limejuice Well-Known Member

    Or raising yourself off the ground by lifting your own bootstraps.

    Hence booting and rebooting computers.

    :)
     
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  5. CNT36

    CNT36 Not carbon nano tubes

    There's a bloke on my mums street nicknamed buckets. You can guess why!
     
  6. toblerone3

    toblerone3 Grrrrr

    No I can't. Your Mum's street ?
     
  7. xenon

    xenon Radical efficiencies

    Will have to read more later. I don't understand the physics but it reminded me of Zero Point Energy. Energy from the vacuum. Which is prosletysed by a few wackos with dodgy science (magnets etc.) I started a thread about it yonks ago...
     
  8. camouflage

    camouflage "marginalia".

    These things depend on the vision of wackos. Zero-point has been described as an elephant attempting to make a pocket watch with wet spagetti. The spagetti definitely exists though and is indeed quite yummy.
     
  9. CNT36

    CNT36 Not carbon nano tubes

    He was into bragging about how strong he was. Someone told him there was a bloke at the other end of town who could put each foot in a bucket and lift himself off the ground. He tried. Repeatedly.
     
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  10. Signal 11

    Signal 11 also programmed for conversational english

    Debunked here and here among many others.

     
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  11. sleaterkinney

    sleaterkinney Well-Known Member

  12. Bernie Gunther

    Bernie Gunther Fundamentalist Druid

    There's a long history of dodgy claims in this area.
     
  13. camouflage

    camouflage "marginalia".

    Ta.

    Remember kids, always Thunderf00t it first.
     
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  14. Signal 11

    Signal 11 also programmed for conversational english

    I wouldn't have anything to do with that misogynist twat.
     
  15. camouflage

    camouflage "marginalia".

    Aye... I used to like his stuff, but he spends far too much time slagging off 'feminist' idiots, and never (ever) refers to feminist non-idiots, leaving the impression he's just a mysogenist. Also when he lays into Islam he has a way of going on about the West (democracy, free speech etc) that I for one find a bit dodgy and ignorant historically. To "Thunderf00t it" in this case I just meant to reach for some informed skepticism on the subject.
     
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  16. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    The impossible might be possible after all.

     
  17. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    You have to admire Shawyer's persistence

     
  18. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    The flying cars bit sounds :cool:
     
  19. Signal 11

    Signal 11 also programmed for conversational english

    If he had some thrust I might admire that.
     
  20. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    I will be absolutely gobsmacked if this turns out to be real. The implications are incredible.
     
  21. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It's still proving a conundrum
    In a new round of testing, NASA confirms yet again that the 'impossible' EMdrive thruster works
     
  22. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    I remain highly sceptical. The signal is tiny, there is lots of noise, and the device requires a rewrite of physics as we know it to explain itself.
     
  23. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    Maybe more of a retconning than a re-write.
     
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  24. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    I refuse to believe it until it flies, basically. Lab-based experiments have too many external factors.
     
  25. NoXion

    NoXion Eat leaden death, demon...

    Whatever's going on I hope they get to bottom of it soon. The current situation is annoying.
     
  26. cheesethief

    cheesethief Well-Known Member

  27. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Whhhhhat a surprise.
     
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  28. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Why can't this be true?!!

     
  29. NoXion

    NoXion Eat leaden death, demon...

    I think it was definitely worth giving a punt. Even just knowing that the EM drive doesn't work as advertised is valuable information in itself. A negative result is still a result.
     
  30. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

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