April 25, 2006

Au revoir, and a last post

Hello everybody! And goodbye everybody! Man, I can't remember the last time I posted, but there's a reason for that (schooling). And it's the reason I am now "officially" saying goodbye from blogging for a while. As a parting gift, take a look at this intriguing article about faster-than-light travel (which should fit in neatly to the recent Star Trek posts I've read recently!):

AN EXTRAORDINARY "hyperspace" engine that could make interstellar space travel a reality by flying into other dimensions is being investigated by the United States government.

The hypothetical device, which has been outlined in principle but is based on a controversial theory about the fabric of the universe, could potentially allow a spacecraft to travel to Mars in three hours and journey to a star 11 light years away in just 80 days, according to a report in today's New Scientist magazine.

The theoretical engine works by creating an intense magnetic field that, according to ideas first developed by the late scientist Burkhard Heim in the 1950s, would produce a gravitational field and result in thrust for a spacecraft.

Also, if a large enough magnetic field was created, the craft would slip into a different dimension, where the speed of light is faster, allowing incredible speeds to be reached. Switching off the magnetic field would result in the engine reappearing in our current dimension.

And there's this article in addition:

This will require a huge rotating ring placed above a superconducting coil to create an intense magnetic field. With a large enough current in the coil, and a large enough magnetic field, Dröscher claims the electromagnetic force can reduce the gravitational pull on the ring to the point where it floats free. Dröscher and Häuser say that to completely counter Earth's pull on a 150-tonne spacecraft a magnetic field of around 25 tesla would be needed. While that's 500,000 times the strength of Earth's magnetic field, pulsed magnets briefly reach field strengths up to 80 tesla. And Dröscher and Häuser go further. With a faster-spinning ring and an even stronger magnetic field, gravitophotons would interact with conventional gravity to produce a repulsive anti-gravity force, they suggest.

Incredible! I never thought that I may actually see a workable FTL engine (or at least its prototype) in my lifetime. Now ... !!

Take care, all!

Posted by at April 25, 2006 04:15 PM | TrackBack

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I wish you well, Philip, and hope to see you back in time.

Am I correct in assuming that this is goodbye for Philip alone? Please tell me that Colossus is not going away completely!

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at April 25, 2006 07:13 PM

Why I am not shocked that the Air Force is now openly proposing/introducing (revealing) the type of technology only thought possible in fantasy.

The most brilliant minds in academia to ever theorize this concept also roundly dismissed it as being practically conceivable only after eons human of technological development beyond present day.

Academia and military aside, one specific group of people not only believed that this precise concept was possible but that it is in fact a present-day reality. It is those convinced by decades of evidence that the U.S. Government has conducted covert activities to reverse-engineer extraterrestrial craft somehow in its possession.

I mean give me a break ... suddenly, out of nowhere, a quantum leap by the Air Force embracing the realm of science fiction and only 5 years off????

It stands to reason that the Air Force is now making this an actual program not because human ingenuity figured out how we can do it but rather how it can be copied using present day technology. This leap forward is so truly quantum it is only rationally possible by reverse, not forward, engineering.

It's kind of like if you found a hypothetical caveman using a laptop would you sooner believe:

1) He fabricated it from scratch completely unaided with nothing more than cave tools and then somehow made it work in every way we know a laptop can in 21st century terms.

2) He somehow 'came upon' the laptop in a pre-existing state and then figured it out.

3) He simultaneously came upon the laptop and its owner/user from whom he was able to learn how to use it and eventually obtain the tools to copy it.

While they are all fantastic # 3 is the most logical probability.

If the AF has interstellar vehicles anywhere near the drawing board you bet your ass it isn't cause they figured out how to step out of the cave with a laptop design in hand.

It's simply too much of a leap from our modern history of blasting rockets into orbit and tweaking terrestrial jet aircraft.

Nah, it has to be that the UFO movement has been right all along.

Posted by: Roswell at April 26, 2006 04:54 AM