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NASA Working on a New Propulsion System for High Speed Space Travel


Reports of a new controversial electromagnetic (EM) propulsion drive which defies the laws of physics and potentially power a spacecraft to Mars in 70 days. Determination: Real

Nasa EM drive

The reports are real. Last year, an advanced propulsion research group called "NASA Eagleworks," under the leadership of Dr. Harold “Sonny” White, "made waves throughout the scientific and technical communities when the group presented their test results on July 28-30, 2014, at the 50th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference in Cleveland, Ohio." This according to an April 29, 2015 release by NASA. The article said that Eagleworks tested the electromagnetic (EM) propulsion drive in a vacuum to simulate outer space at the Johnson Space Center in Texas.

According to a May 1, 2015 article by Science Alert, "[the] engine is controversial because it seems to violate one of the fundamental concepts of physics - the conservation of momentum, which states that for something to be propelled forward, it needs some kind of propellant to be pushed out in the opposite direction." Science Alert reported that the EM Drive, invented by British scientist Roger Shawyer about 15 years ago, "simply relies on electromagnetic waves" and requires no propellant for thrust.

Science Alert also reported that the EM drive could possibly have the capability of breaking the light speed barrier. Some NASA engineers reported on forums "that they'd fired lasers into the EM Drive's resonance chamber and that some of the laser beams had travelled faster than the speed of light, at around 300,000 kilometres per second... suggesting that the EM Drive may have produced a warp bubble like the kind that allows travel faster than the speed of light in Star Trek."

Posted 11/05/15

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