Scientists Reportedly Succeed In First Test of EM Drive Engine That Could Take Humans To Mars In 70 Days

MV5BMTIyODE4NjI2Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODg4MjMyMQ@@._V1_SX214_AL_This is very cool. Scientists have successfully tested an engine with an electromagnetic propulsion drive, or the EM Drive, that could conceivably take humans to Mars in just 70 days. The EM Drive works in a vacuum that replicates space. This breakthrough has gotten comparatively little attention despite its transformative impact on space travel.

This is still an early stage but the potential for the EM Drive is amazing. Indeed, it seems to defy a fundamental concept of physics involving the conservation of momentum — that for something to be propelled forward, it needs some kind of propellant to be pushed out in the opposite direction. The EM Drive simply uses electromagnetic waves.

The concept for this engine came from a small UK company, Satellite Propulsion Research Ltd (SPR), under Roger J. Shawyer.

Can you say warp drive?

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Source: Science Alert

19 thoughts on “Scientists Reportedly Succeed In First Test of EM Drive Engine That Could Take Humans To Mars In 70 Days”

    1. Dave, don’t trust any critique that starts off by misrepresenting claims. Did the original article claim warp drive faster than the speed of light? Of course not. That is a strawman. The wired.com article is not worth a read. They are dishonest.

  1. Incredibly exciting.

    We’ve lost so much funding for NASA. Now we hitch a ride to space with the Russians, and the quality of engineering has plummeted.

    So there is a logistical problem of what we will actually do with each innovation.

  2. Drop a tab of ‘Yellow Sunshine’ and then click your heels, same thing.

  3. David, Thanks for your scientific knowledge and explanation. A look @ the 2 avatars tells me much. A grumpy old curmudgeon or a smiling, happy man? That’s an easy one.

  4. The interesting thing is that believers in theory debunk this as pseudoscience, but the empiricists have finally demonstrated the EM Drive works in a vacuum. The debate about it began in 2001, but here we are 14 years later and the issue is still hot as more experimental results are published. We may not understand it, but we should not dismiss it based upon theory, especially when we have not yet developed a theory of everything. It is fairly clear given the timeframe involved that this is not like the Fleischmann and Pons debacle with cold fusion.

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  6. Or you could click your heels together three times.

    Then there’s the problem of setting up the vacuum from Earth to Mars.

  7. I think this might be a bit of imaginary physics JT.
    Although it is possible for there to be a reaction force to emitting EM waves alone, the momentum contained in such waves is vanishingly small.
    An EM powered railgun shooting material particles could work, but you still need something other than pure energy to push off of.
    The comment you have there,

    “Indeed, it seems to defy a fundamental concept of physics involving the conservation of momentum — that for something to be propelled forward, it needs some kind of propellant to be pushed out in the opposite direction. The EM Drive simply uses electromagnetic waves.”

    reeks of pseudoscience.

  8. Fried brains…
    This Is Your Brain in Deep Space: Could Cosmic Rays Threaten Mars Missions?
    http://www.space.com/29309-space-radiation-danger-mars-missions.html

    “There is now cause for concern that cosmic rays can lead to cognitive deficiencies, and this effect is likely to occur in humans as well as rodents,” study co-author Charles Limoli, a radiation biologist and neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine, told Space.com.
    (continued)

  9. How soon before they can get this on track and what does it cost?

  10. Seventy glorious and exciting days of hearing MOM, DAD, ARE WE THERE YET?

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