NASA is cracking into other forms of interstellar travel. NASA physicists have leaked on a forum, that is not affiliated with NASA, that a team of scientists at the NASA Eagleworks laboratory, located at the Johnsons Space Center, have found two new ways to travel through space. There has also been a recent post that summarizes the conversation, on NASASpaceFlight.com. These two possible new forms of space travel could allow humans the ability to explore the rest of the galaxy.
Last year, NASA’s Eagleworks team, which was directed by Dr. Harold “Sonny” White, tested an electromagnetic propulsion drive, or Em Drive and Cannae drive engines, and he was able to measure the thrust of both. Newton’s laws of motion state, that if an object is pushed forward, another object must be pushed backward. Space is a vacuum and there is no air to push. Spacecraft needs a propellant to move.
The EM Drive does not use fuel, and nothing comes out of the back of it at all, so there are no emissions. In order to move through space, it bounces microwaves inside a chamber that is closed, generating electrical energy into thrust, and solar panels power the device. Physicists at NASA, say this should not be able to move anything in space. It was discussed last year, that it was possible that the air around the EM Drive is interfering with the measurement. This time, the Em Drive was placed into a vacuum to be measured, and it still works. If this works in space, it could be revolutionary.
Propellants are expensive, take up a lot of room and they care heavy. Also when a spacecraft runs out of fuel, the craft is adrift. However, a drive that ran on electricity could continue onward as desired. It will also be able to move faster and will be able to go to another star system in a few decades as opposed to the current technology which would take thousands of years.
Other countries, such as, the United Kingdom, China and the United States are all testing the EM Drive theory. The results the different countries have logged so far, however, are controversial. There is no valid explanation, at this point, that explains how the EM Drive works.
In 2010, China’s, Professor Juan Yang, started publishing her research concerning EM Drive technology. Then in 2012, she published another paper where she reported that higher input power was needed, and she also reported her tests on the thrust levels of the EM Drive. In 2014, her research showed extensive tests using internal temperature measurements that had embedded thermocouples.
If the Chinese EM Drive, were put into the International Space Station (ISS), and if it were to work as it has been reported, it is possible that it could perform the necessary delta-V, in order to compensate for ISS orbital decay. It would eliminate re-boosts from other vehicles. However, there is no scientific evidence explaining how the EM Drive moves in space. It seems that NASA is still a step ahead in finding a way to crack into interstellar travel.
NASA’s Eagleworks other form of travel, announced on NASA’s SpaceFlight.com, does not require as much explanation, as it is warp drive. Since 2011 Dr. White has been diligently trying to prove warp drive is a true possibility, by attempting to create a warp bubble in the NASA Eagleworks lab. It was reported in the forum posts that he successfully got a reading less than a month ago.
NASA’s Dr. White’s theories are based on a formula created by a Mexican physicist, Miguel Alcubierre. Alcubierre is outspoken about his belief that a warp drive will ever be made. Warp drives need exotic matter to work, that has a negative mass, and that is only a theory. At this point, it is believed that Dr. White’s discovery is being created by a glitch, like when people thought the Large Hadron Collider showed particles moving faster than light, but it was only a loose cable. NASA will not give up cracking the code to interstellar travel, at least not Dr. White who seems so close to reaching his goal.
By Jeanette Smith
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