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NASA successfully tests EM Propulsion Drive (Warp Drive) in Vacuum

NASA’s Johnson Space Center has successfully tested electromagnetic (EM) propulsion drive that could help in space travel in the solar system. The significant breakthrough in the multi-year project was the result of the effort by international research teams.emdrive-NASA

Dr.Harold “Sonny” White at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) led the advanced propulsion research group NASA Eagleworks, is known for publishing their startling results on July 28-30, 2014 at the 50th Joint Propulsion Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. The group successfully tested  the  EM propulsion in a man-made vacuum for the first time while the earlier tests were conducted in atmospheric conditions.

The breakthrough of testing EM drive in a vacuum, has defied the Newtonian Laws of Physics. The Newton’s Law of Conservation of Momentum has been challenged as the test was undertaken in a closed cavity. The EM Drive project began in 2001, when a Research and Development (R&D) program was started by UK-based Satellite Propulsion Research Center Ltd (SPR) under Roger J. Shawyer.

NASA reported that EM drive could facilitate a spacecraft to travel to the moon in a few hours while Mars can be reached in about 70 hours days. EM Drive research is undergoing tests at various agencies in several countries. The primary aim is to build a propellant-free propulsion system, where electromagnetic waves is converted to electrical energy to generate thrust.

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In 2014, Prof. Yang published research papers stating that Chinese EM Drive could be installed at the International Space Station (ISS), to provide a necessary delta-V (change in velocity, to perform an on-orbit maneuver) to compensate the Station’s orbital decay. However, Yang did not explain how the EM Drive can produce propulsion in space. Recently, an engineer at NASA Eagleworks announced that a breakthrough has been achieved in testing EM Drive in a hard vacuum.

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19 comments

  1. "The group successfully tested the EM propulsion in a pressurized vacuum…"

    A pressurized vacuum? Isn't that a contradiction in terms?

  2. Bollucks. This is not a warp drive and it does not defy the laws of newtonian physics. Perhaps you should have someone with a knowledge of physics vetting these things.

  3. Bollucks. This is not a warp drive and it does not defy the laws of newtonian physics. Perhaps you should have someone with a knowledge of physics vetting these things.

  4. This is a very 'soft' article on a subject that has fantastic potential for the future of space travel.
    Numbers? Thrust output? Power input?
    What is a successful test, and what are the metrics?
    If this thing takes 10 kilowatts to produce a 0.5 gram push, it needs work.
    Oh, and how is that theory of operation coming along?

  5. This is a very 'soft' article on a subject that has fantastic potential for the future of space travel.
    Numbers? Thrust output? Power input?
    What is a successful test, and what are the metrics?
    If this thing takes 10 kilowatts to produce a 0.5 gram push, it needs work.
    Oh, and how is that theory of operation coming along?

  6. technically, 0 is a pressure too.

  7. technically, 0 is a pressure too.

  8. this is SLOWER than the Ad Astra Plasma engine that would get astronauts to Mars in 39 days. Check out their site: http://www.adastrarocket.com/aarc/.

  9. You expect reporters to know what they write about? lol. That's like reading the comments section. :0)

  10. No idea where the warp drive part comes from. I've been following Eagleworks closely and that is a separate project all together.
    And yes, if you read the explanations by the scientists, this violates nothing. It is producing thrust ; we just don't know HOW.

  11. No idea where the warp drive part comes from. I've been following Eagleworks closely and that is a separate project all together.
    And yes, if you read the explanations by the scientists, this violates nothing. It is producing thrust ; we just don't know HOW.

  12. The Purpose of a "Warp Drive" is to WARP space not just go fast. It is to bend actual space from point A to point B. Hence this motor is NOT any where close to a warp drive motor. Hyper drive maybe but not Warp drive. Sheesh, we nonscientific's have to teach the scientists what Warp means.

  13. If true, this could mean sending probes to nearby stars and getting data back within a decade of launch! I'd sure like to see more facts and figures, but this kind of thing could be viewed as a strategic military secret.

  14. If true, this could mean sending probes to nearby stars and getting data back within a decade of launch! I'd sure like to see more facts and figures, but this kind of thing could be viewed as a strategic military secret.

  15. A trip to mars in 70 hours, or 70 days would be game changer without the misreported "warp" portion of the scenario.

  16. warp drive is a coherent concept, a near-future technology.
    http://youtu.be/6zh9abFF3ZE

  17. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it

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