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"Impossible" device could propel flying cars


Posted on Saturday, 31 October, 2009 | Comment icon 7 comments


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Considered by many to be an impossibility, the Emdrive is a device that if real could propel everything from spaceships to flying cars. But how likely is it that anyone has actually succeeded in creating one ?

"The Emdrive is an electromagnetic drive that would generate thrust from a closed system — “impossible” say some experts."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by behaviour??? on 31 October, 2009, 17:55
If he discovered a way to identify how to create this then its a good job by him Thanks B???
Comment icon #2 Posted by Pinx on 31 October, 2009, 21:07
Great, next on the list: the Flux Capacitor.
Comment icon #3 Posted by devilmaycare on 31 October, 2009, 23:13
What the world needs is free energy. Not some lame device to transport you to the moon in 4 days on a joyride. Aside from that, the govt's of the world will be sure to kill anybody who has the tech so they can then sell it 'en masse'. You do realize that if ANY type of free energy device is created it would essentially lessen the govts' slavery plans, essentially making them weak.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Cookes453 on 1 November, 2009, 1:49
So assuming this technology already exists, along with many other things, how would it be implemented within the world? How would it be implemented without destabilizing other countries/governments/economies, etc? How long do you think it would take for the U.S., Europe, Asia, etc, to incorporate this technology into society? 50 years? 100 years? 200 years? Is the world ready for this type of technology? If not, then when? Thoughts?
Comment icon #5 Posted by brlesq1 on 1 November, 2009, 2:21
I don't know if the world is ever "ready" for new technology. Somebody just builds a better mousetrap and there you are. Was the world ready for the automobile? The buggy whip manufacturers sure weren't.
Comment icon #6 Posted by DieChecker on 2 November, 2009, 1:34
Looked at the guys website. It does appear to be a closed system however and I do not see how it will create an external force to move anything. He claims it involves change in frames of reference, because the microwaves are moving near the speed of light. If this was true, then thousands of variants of this device are possible as just about any EM radiation would do the same thing in a containment device. It seems far fetched that such a thing would not have been invented yet, if it worked. Wouldn't we see these forces at work in optical and mirror devices? The force is neglegable in an open ... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by Tsukasa on 2 November, 2009, 7:02
Plus you still need a fuel source. Where are all these microwaves supposed to come from? Just like hydrogen fuel and electric cars, the energy is not free, and is only as green as your local coal plant. It wont require the traditional fuel like other space craft. Space craft usually have a way to produce energy (solar panels, nuclear reactors, batteries, and so on) while they have another system that runs using the power provided by that reactor to set off a fuel mixture (oxygen/hydrogen fuel for example) to produce thrust. What they are saying is that they will still have to use a way to prod... [More]


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