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China is testing a working EmDrive in space

December 20, 2016 | Comment icon 20 comments



Could EmDrive really revolutionize space travel ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 NikoLang
China claims that it is currently testing the 'impossible' space engine on the Tiangong 2 space station.
First developed back in 2001 by aerospace engineer Roger Shawyer, 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.

Despite this however, a recent peer-reviewed study has shown that the mysterious drive does have promise and now China has taken things one step further by announcing that it has not only managed to test one in a lab, it has even succeeded in sending one in to space.
The news came via an announcement made earlier this month by Dr. Chen Yue, Director of Commercial Satellite Technology for the China Academy of Space Technology.

The proof-of-concept EmDrive is currently aboard the Tiangong 2 space station where astronauts are carrying out tests to see if it can truly produce thrust in a zero-gravity environment.

If successful, it would add further merit to the idea that the mysterious space engine, which has the potential to send astronauts to Mars within just 70 days, really is something quite extraordinary.

Source: Popular Science | Comments (20)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #11 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
It will probably be just like Chekov "It's a Russian invention!"
Comment icon #12 Posted by skookum 6 years ago
† Meanwhile our space agencies debate the laws of physics. †I reckon they are hoping they are lieing as they have somewhat missed the boat if it works. † I wonder what story we will be fed.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Aten 6 years ago
Its just another 'oh lets test that for 5-10 years' before we do anything (like with medical things) whereas in China (and several other places) they just get on and try it straight away. Good for them, bad for us!!
Comment icon #14 Posted by third_eye 6 years ago
Seriously. some of you folks need to step over your perceived cracks on the sidewalks of logic ... ~ † Emdrive home link ~ † Popular Science link † ~
Comment icon #15 Posted by pallidin 6 years ago
Just a question... Is this different from, say, a laser output for propulsion?
Comment icon #16 Posted by Trihalo42 6 years ago
I believe the UFO crowd is owed a collective apology.
Comment icon #17 Posted by badeskov 6 years ago
Why? †
Comment icon #18 Posted by Emma_Acid 6 years ago
Don't think so
Comment icon #19 Posted by DieChecker 6 years ago
I've read that the output "thrust" could be pairs of polarized(?) photons, which do push like they have some mass, but then when they interact with the real world, they cancel each other out. So, then you have thrust with no measurable emissions.
Comment icon #20 Posted by DieChecker 6 years ago
I think it may be premature for that just yet.†


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