July 28, 2015
Of course, it's also true that until the instrumentation to observe galactic distances reached a minimum level of sophistication, one could prove that the Earth was stationary, as well.
Posted by: Ben at Tue Jul 28 20:54:02 2015 (S4UJw)
So from that perspective I guess it's fortunate that this thing can't possibly work.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tue Jul 28 23:39:01 2015 (PiXy!)
Reaching into my bag of special pleading the only thing I can come up with is that the thrust from the microwaves is something akin to a photon rocket but using an unknown mechanism that doesn't require enough microwaves to melt Los Angeles to get the observed effects ( NOTE: magical thinking in red needs work)
It seems vanishingly unlikely, but there is enough unaccounted for thrust that NASA is setting up at least three more separate tests so they seem to think that it warrants some study (though in fairness they might be trying to find out why their perpetual motion debunker is out of calibration)
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Wed Jul 29 09:29:14 2015 (ohzj1)
Conservation of Energy was once one of the rock bottom foundations of physics, but when we looked a lot closer at quantum effects we discovered that it isn't actually absolute. It's possible to violate Conservation of Energy for short durations, and that turns out to be how electric fields work.
Conservation of Momentum is another foundation, but this may be another case where quantum effects have exceptions.
I think it unlikely that this is real, but I'll suspend judgment until someone legitimate actually tests it. That's the Way of Science.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Wed Jul 29 14:51:26 2015 (+rSRq)
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at Thu Jul 30 05:31:06 2015 (qxzj1)
At that thrust level, they could be measuring anything. It could be differential heating of the air around the thruster, it could be some sort of inductive magnetic pressure in his lines. I don't buy it.
Posted by: EccentricOrbit at Sun Aug 2 14:08:43 2015 (GtPd7)
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