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by Carl White
Mon May 28, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: News
Topic: The list of duds
Replies: 17
Views: 1285

The list of duds

Looking back over the past few years in the forum: EEStor (final death rattle) Graphenano (big promises in 2016, nothing since) Brilluion (seven years later, still no demonstration model) Cannae Drive (were going to send one into space, nothing since) QuackX (should be at the top of the list) Flywhe...
by Carl White
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2658
Views: 459265

Re: Mach Effect progress

Nasa is spending billions on SLS when they could buy all the lift they needed far cheaper and have money left over. Pollywell is sitting in the corner not because it will not work; but because it's the ugly kid at the dance. its just not sexy enough. Worried about carbon in the atmosphere? offloadi...
by Carl White
Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: News
Topic: MIT claim they will build the SPARC
Replies: 4
Views: 1640

Re: MIT claim they will build the SPARC

“By putting the magnet development up front, we think that this gives you a really solid answer in three years,”
by Carl White
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2102
Views: 240294

Re: SpaceX News

Falcon Heavy may launch today at 2:20 pm Eastern. Can watch it here: https://www.space.com/17933-nasa-television-webcasts-live-space-tv.html 27 engines? The vibrations must be fierce. I hope it flies, but fear there's going to be one heck of an explosion before it gets to max Q. EDIT: They did it! T...
by Carl White
Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: News
Topic: BLP news
Replies: 650
Views: 106026

Re: BLP news

So, roughly a year ago today: The saga of Brilliant Light Power has reached its apex. (It's culminating! It's culminating!) In a conference on October 26, Dr. Randell Mills and several industry partners presented the design and prototype of an energy generation device that is scheduled to go to fiel...
by Carl White
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Unusual Looking Space Rock
Replies: 10
Views: 1982

Re: Unusual Looking Space Rock

Definitely curious, but given that it's (1) tumbling, and (2) showing no sign of any sort of acceleration of its own, it's most likely a rock.
by Carl White
Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2658
Views: 459265

Re: Mach Effect progress

I don't believe there's enough evidence to conclusively state the effect is real, but it's disappointing that there isn't more interest from both those concerned with propulsion and those concerned purely with science.
by Carl White
Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Applied Fusion Systems to build prototype reactor in 3 years
Replies: 12
Views: 3889

Re: Applied Fusion Systems to build prototype reactor in 3 years

OK, I may be stupid, but what is the point of doing exactly the same thing Tokamak Energy is already doing in the UK? It seems to be that all it will do is cause funding to split between these two almost identical projects. I'm not entirely sure, but I think he's looking ahead with the assumption t...
by Carl White
Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: News
Topic: EM Drive
Replies: 653
Views: 141740

Re: EM Drive

Just out of curiosity...is it reasonably possible that both EM Drive & Mach Thruster drive will turn out to work? Or are their "theories" of operation in some way incompatible? My understanding is that the proposed theory for the workings of the EmDrive involves rejecting wave-particl...
by Carl White
Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: News
Topic: EM Drive
Replies: 653
Views: 141740

Re: EM Drive

An attempt to give the EM Drive a theoretical basis has been published in the Journal of Applied Physical Science International (couldn't find an impact factor, can anyone confirm this is a "real journal"?): http://www.ikpress.org/abstract/6485 Here we present a possible explanation for th...
by Carl White
Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:14 am
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2658
Views: 459265

Re: Mach Effect progress

Recent (2017) Tajmar paper (PDF available): https://www.researchgate.net/publication/320268464_The_SpaceDrive_Project-Developing_Revolutionary_Propulsion_at_TU_Dresden Our intention is to develop an excellent research infrastructure to test new ideas and measure thrusts and/or artefacts with high co...
by Carl White
Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Neumann Drive
Replies: 4
Views: 1324

Re: Neumann Drive

There's some discussion on:

https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index ... ic=42920.0

Bunch of numbers here:

http://neumannspace.com/blog/fuel-of-th ... olybdenum/

They say they should be able to maintain a power efficiency of 20 micronewtons per watt.
by Carl White
Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Neumann Drive
Replies: 4
Views: 1324

Neumann Drive

Anyone heard of these people? http://neumannspace.com/science/ They claim to have made an ion drive that has broken the record for ISP using solid fuel and a process similar to arc welding. Exhaust velocity of up to 140 km/s. Exhaust is quasi-neutral. Video on how it works: https://www.youtube.com/w...
by Carl White
Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2658
Views: 459265

Re: Mach Effect progress

Heidi Fearn of SSI will be speaking about the Mach Effect work they have been doing with the NIAC grant they received in about 30 minutes from now. https://livestream.com/viewnow/NIAC2017 Thanks for the link. For those interested, her talk begins at 48:15 in Day 3 Part 2. Here is what I took from i...
by Carl White
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: News
Topic: MIT spinoff to market breakthrough batteries by 2017
Replies: 24
Views: 5252

Re: MIT spinoff to market breakthrough batteries by 2017

So, this company said it would be powering drones by the end of 2016 and introducing commercial products in 2017. Then after its splashy announcement... crickets. No further announcements, no buyout, nothing. Even their own website just says "new website coming in 9.2017". Anyone want to s...

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