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NASA’s Quantum Space Engine Soon to be Tested in Space

NASA’s Quantum Space Engine

A couple of years ago, researchers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center discovered a thruster system which generates thrust, despite requiring no propellant. The implications of this discovery are far-reaching; applications for space flight and other technologies which require propulsion could one day become far cheaper, allowing space exploration to expand exponentially. The existence of this technology also further validates the fact that energy can be derived from tapping into the quantum vacuum, also known as “zero-point.”

 Bottom line is that space is not empty, and the energy which lies within it can be used. This was experimentally confirmed when  the Casimir Effect illustrated zero point or vacuum state energy, which predicts that two metal plates close together attract each other due to an imbalance in the quantum fluctuations(source)(source).

The propellant free thruster is called the Cannae Drive, invented by Guido Fetta. This drive was tested by NASA over an eight day campaign that took place August of 2013. It’s also known as the EM drive.  It showed that a small amount of thrust was achieved inside a container, again, without the use of any fuel. The results were then presented at the 50th Joint Propulsion Conference in Cleveland, Ohio in July the next year.

You can access inventor Guido Fetta’s paper here.

Now, it’s about to be launched into space, and, according to many, like ScienceAlert.com,  the EM “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.

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It’s a law that Issac Newton derived, called the law of conservation of momentum, which states that an equal and opposite reaction must stem from an action.  In order for something to gain momentum it must expel some kind of propellant in the opposite direction, but not the EM drive, this invention taps into the ‘zero-point’ field of energy/electromagnetic waves, creating thrust by microwave photons bouncing around inside a cone shaped metal cavity. The cone shaped mental cavity is what accelerates it into the opposite direction.

 This is exciting, because it basically proves that we have a limitless resource of energy to tap into and utilize for space travel.  This is currently the biggest barrier for modern day space travel and exploration.

Science needs to be careful and stray for from getting  caught up in the grip of scientific dogma. History has constantly shown us, especially within the realms of science, that what we accept as real always changes at another point in time. Our understanding and knowledge regarding the nature of our reality is constantly changing.

These laws need to be refined to account for the fact that space is not empty.

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