Via Science Alert: An actual EM Drive is about to be launched into space for the first time, so scientists can finally figure out – once and for all – if it really is possible for a rocket engine to generate thrust without any kind of exhaust or propellant. Built by American inventor and chemical engineer, Guido Fetta, the EM Drive is as controversial as it gets, because while certain experiments have suggested that such an engine could work, it also goes against one of the most fundamental laws of physics we have.
Do the damn thing nerds, do it!
Lot of space stuff in the news recently. First we just happen to discover a new Earth right in our backyard, then a whole gaggle of reindeer get struck by lightning, and then we pick up a mysterious signal coming from deep space. The future is now people and from the looks of it we may have finally invented something that allows us to be full fledge space explorers. Check out some of the specs. on this EM Drive thing and tell me we aren’t about to Lewis and Clark the shit out of the solar system.
-The EM Drive simply goes in one direction with no propellant, and thus violates the law of conservation of momentum, which Newton derived from his Third Law.
– It could produce enough thrust to blast humans to Mars in just 70 days.
The thing doesn’t need fuel and can get us to Mars in less than a semesters time. The best part is (according to people on Reddit) that the guy who originally invented this thing in 90’s did it completely on accident. The explanation on how/why it works that he provided has apparently been proven 100% false. So here we have what is possibly the most important invention since fire, we have no idea why it works the way it does, it violates our supposedly “universal” laws of physics, and it generates thrust by creating some kind of particle that we have yet to discover. So allow me to be the first to say thank you to the aliens that abducted that guy in the 90’s and input the ability to make this thing into his brain. Good lookin’ out. See you on New Earth in a couple years, I’ll bring the beers, I’ll bring the beers.
PS: You know how when people say, “It’s not rocket science!”? This is literally rocket science.