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EmDrive space engine test passes peer review

November 22, 2016 | Comment icon 19 comments

EmDrive has the potential to send humans to Mars within 70 days. Image Credit: NASA
NASA's 'impossible' propulsion system continues to intrigue as it receives its first peer-reviewed paper.
The research, which we wrote about back in September, has now finally been published, thus paving the way for further investigation in to the unusual properties of the mysterious EmDrive.

The perplexing propulsion system, which was first developed back in 2001 by aerospace engineer Roger Shawyer, works by bouncing microwaves around inside a canonical chamber.

Somehow the drive appears to generate thrust without producing any sort of exhaust, something that scientists argue is in direct violation of Newton's Third Law of Motion.

In the new paper, researchers from the NASA-affiliated Eagleworks lab confirmed that the drive was producing thrust and maintained that they had accounted for all possible errors that could explain how it was managing to do so without emitting anything.
While their research isn't conclusive proof that the drive really does work, it is an important step forward and is likely to lead to further investigation in the near future.

"NASA is looking forward to the scientific discussions with the broader technical community that will occur based on the publication of the Eagleworks team's experimental findings," said Jay Bolden at NASA's Johnson Space Center.

"This is part of what NASA does in exploring the unknown, and the agency is committed to and focused on the priorities and investments identified by the NASA Strategic Space Technology Investment Plan."

"Through these investments, NASA will develop the capabilities necessary to send humans farther into space than ever before."

Source: Astronomy Magazine | Comments (19)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by coolguy 6 years ago
Very cool lets hope we see this in our life time
Comment icon #11 Posted by DieChecker 6 years ago
Hopefully when the ship has it's first test the Vulcans will come down and invite us into the Federation. I've heard several reasons on how this works, and I'm wondering which theory will be correct.
Comment icon #12 Posted by GiganticManchild 6 years ago
Attach it to a vessel and try it out!!
Comment icon #13 Posted by danielost 6 years ago
humans don't want to send robots.  we want to feel the soil run through our fingers, or gloved fingers as the case might be.
Comment icon #14 Posted by danielost 6 years ago
they need to convence those layman who hold the purse strings.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 6 years ago
No they really don't. The layman does not get to vote on individual NASA projects. You don;t get a say on which planets NASA sends probes to, which experiments it carries out on the ISS. You vote for a government which approves NASA's budget and that is it. Scientists withi9n the space community will determine if this works and is worth pursuing,not the layman.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Why not 6 years ago
I'm more interested in just how it could possible work. If in fact it does break the laws as we think we know them, what else is out there that we don't understand. I mean we think Newtons law of motion was carved in stone and if we come to find out it is not, then what else?     Pretty cool
Comment icon #17 Posted by Derek Willis 6 years ago
When the team repeat the experiment after taking into account comments from the reviewers - one of which is bound to be the difficulties with the heat sink - and if they can still produce thrust, then this will become interesting.
Comment icon #18 Posted by danielost 6 years ago
i meant congressmen.  most of them are laymen.
Comment icon #19 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
Sounds like a good base for a movie....OOPS already been done - Star Trek: First Contact!  Live long and Prosper.

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