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NASA's EMDrive actually appears to work

Posted on Wednesday, 29 July, 2015 | Comment icon 69 comments

Could EMDrive lead to a new chapter in space exploration ? Image Credit: NASA / Mark Rademaker
A German scientist​ has confirmed that NASA's inexplicable new propulsion system actually does work.
Despite being branded as 'impossible' by most scientists, NASA's electromagnetic propulsion engine has been attracting a lot of interest in recent months as a possible successor to the chemical engines traditionally used in deep space probes and other spacecraft.

Now German scientist Martin Tajmar, an expert in debunking questionable propulsion methods, claims that he has tested the device himself and found that it does actually work.

"Our measurements reveal thrusts as expected from previous claims after carefully studying thermal and electromagnetic interferences," he said. "If true, this could certainly revolutionize space travel."

EMDrive allegedly works by converting electrical power in to thrust without the need for propellant through a process that scientists argue is in direct violation of the laws of physics.

"My insight is that the EMDrive is complete crap and a waste of time," said physicist Sean Carroll. "I'm going to spend my time thinking about ideas that don't violate conservation of momentum."

Despite widespread skepticism however EmDrive appears to be here to stay and if it does what it claims it does then it could lead to a whole new chapter in humanity's exploration of the solar system.

Recent media coverage on the topic has speculated that with electromagnetic propulsion it may be possible to reach the moon in only four hours and Pluto in just 18 months.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Comments (69)

Tags: EMDrive, NASA

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #60 Posted by HDesiato on 1 August, 2015, 22:53
There is always this belief that something won't work because it would violate the Laws of Physics. Rules are meant to be broken. Please elaborate.
Comment icon #61 Posted by lightly on 1 August, 2015, 23:39
if macro physics is a result of quantum physics then, physics breaks it's own laws constantly? .. or maybe not.
Comment icon #62 Posted by badeskov on 2 August, 2015, 0:50
There is always this belief that something won't work because it would violate the Laws of Physics. Rules are meant to be broken. There is a reason why they are called laws of physics. Maybe you should try to understand why that is before making a fool out of yourself. Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #63 Posted by Hawkin on 2 August, 2015, 2:59
There is a reason why they are called laws of physics. Maybe you should try to understand why that is before making a fool out of yourself. Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #64 Posted by Astra- on 2 August, 2015, 5:19
Yes - Galileo wasn't the only great mind to be "snickered" at Hawks.http://www.cracked.c...their-time.html Sometimes ~ He who laughs last - laughs the loudest ~ Even from the grave...
Comment icon #65 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 3 August, 2015, 19:22
Rules are meant to be broken. Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal. -Arthur C. Clarke.
Comment icon #66 Posted by DieChecker on 3 August, 2015, 20:27
One man's 'magic' is another man's engineering. 'Supernatural' is a null word.Robert A. Heinlein http://www.brainyquo...ngineering.html
Comment icon #67 Posted by Carol Joy on 3 August, 2015, 22:56
I have no idea what this means, in terms of modern day physics. But I do know that many who consider the world of Atlantis thought that that ancient Golden Civilization utilized both sound waves and electro-magnetic waves as the major form of energy. So maybe we are finally realizing what the Ancient Ones took for granted?
Comment icon #68 Posted by Hammerclaw on 3 August, 2015, 23:16
Take it easy guys, CJ is new.
Comment icon #69 Posted by DONTEATUS on 7 August, 2015, 3:13
They Better hurry up ! At 490 Million a seat On the Russian Ride, Its time to Gear Up !

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