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2018 NIAC Symposium

Postby Skipjack » Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:21 am

Lot's of interesting items at this years NIAC symposium.

Today Woodward presented the latest results of the Mach Effect Research.
Stephanie Thomas presented more work PSS and PPPL did on the FRC based Direct Fusion Drive.
Ryan Weed of Positron Dynamics presented some information on their Positron catalyzed fusion propulsion system.
Robert Adams showed more results of the Pulsed Fission Fusion propulsion concept.
I am also looking forward to John Slough's (of Helion and MSNW) presentation on Thursday.
And there are tons more interesting things today and in the days to come.

https://livestream.com/viewnow/NIAC2018

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Re: 2018 NIAC Symposium

Postby TDPerk » Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:53 pm

And Dr. James Woodward presented on the Mach Effect Thruster, which has recently been reported by Dr. Heidi Fearn to have an efficiency of 60mN/kW, placing it on a par with Hall Effect Trhusters.

https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2018/09/m ... owatt.html
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Re: 2018 NIAC Symposium

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Re: 2018 NIAC Symposium

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Re: 2018 NIAC Symposium

Postby Maui » Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:44 am

I’m a software developer, not a scientist, but I think there’s a strong parallel with the “it works on my machine” phenomenon I’ve experience quite often. Frequently code written on my machine that works great for me ends up not working for a tester (or worse, a customer) because I didn’t account for an uncontrolled, unanticipated factor that influences the behavior of the code. If I step a tester thru such a test, in many cases the issue would not have been discovered because I was not aware my specific steps were coincidentally setting up the uncontrolled factor just so.

I certainly have had cases where desired behavior I assumed to be the result of the code I wrote was instead completely an accident coincidentally caused by something else entirely. Actually, Woodward himself talks here about how he accidentally stumbled into the frequency he needed. What if that was, if fact, the frequency that triggers some unanticipated factor in their test set up rather than his Mach effect theory?

I suppose it doesn’t affect the validity of a test, tho, to allow a tester to set up the test independently, then ensure that the controlled factors are configured correctly.

Anyhow, I listened to the short presentation and it sounded to me that the part about staying there until it worked might be a joke.

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Re: 2018 NIAC Symposium

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Re: 2018 NIAC Symposium

Postby krenshala » Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:29 pm

It would be quite humorous if a man-made crystalline structure of paired lithium atoms turned out to be a key material for the Mach Effect device. :roll:

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Re: 2018 NIAC Symposium

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Re: 2018 NIAC Symposium

Postby alexjrgreen » Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:24 pm

Ars artis est celare artem.


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