Diogenes wrote:Scientists receive $1.3 million to study new propulsion idea for spacecraft
From your posted link:
The theory has already predicted galaxy rotation without dark matter, and the fact that if a system is accelerated enough – such as a spinning disc or light bouncing between mirrors – the Unruh waves it sees can be influenced by a shield. Therefore, if a damper is placed above the object, it should produce a new kind of upwards thrust.
Sound like Dr Mike McCulloch work is similar to Shawyer's EMDrive:EmDrive: British scientist's 'new physics' theory accidentally proves controversial space propulsion worksBritish physicist Dr Mike McCulloch of Plymouth University has presented results on a new theory.
https://www.ibtimes.co.uk/emdrive-briti ... ce-1556098
And while he respects Shawyer for his invention and believes that ultra-fast propellant-less space travel will one day be possible, like many scientists McCulloch does not agree that Shawyer understands the real reason why EmDrive works.
"He is using special relativity but he's claiming a violation of the conservation of momentum. In order to do that, you really do need new physics, which is what I'm suggesting. He's suggesting there's nothing new under the sun, that this can be allowed. I don't accept that. Conservation of momentum has been very well tested and it should apply to special relativity as well," he stressed.
"In order to extract the energy required to do this, it has to be new energy and it has to come from somewhere, and I'm saying it's coming from information, which is a very new kind of physics. I've found I can get my theory to work by assuming that what is conserved is not mass and energy, but mass, energy and information stored on horizons."
This is from two years ago but it sounds like what some of us here have said; that Shawyer may well have stumbled onto something but be wrong about why his effect occurs/works. That might explain some of the difficulty in reproducing it. Dr Mike McCulloch is a PHD physicist Shawyer I believe is an engineer; maybe that says it all.