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Frontiers of Propulsion Science
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009 @ 23:02:00 GMT by vlad

Science solaris writes: Marc G. Millis, NASA Glenn Research Center
Eric W. Davis, Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin

Frontiers of Propulsion Science
is the first-ever compilation of emerging science relevant to such notions as space drives, warp drives, gravity control, and faster-than-light travel – the kind of breakthroughs that would revolutionize spaceflight and enable human voyages to other star systems. Although these concepts might sound like science fiction, they are appearing in growing numbers in reputable scientific journals.

This is a nascent field where a variety of concepts and issues are being explored in the scientific literature, beginning in about the early 1990s. The collective status is still in step 1 and 2 of the scientific method, with initial observations being made and initial hypotheses being formulated, but a small number of approaches are already at step 4, with experiments underway. This emerging science, combined with the realization that rockets are fundamentally inadequate for interstellar exploration, led NASA to support the Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Project from 1996 through 2002.

Frontiers of Propulsion Science covers that project as well as other related work, so as to provide managers, scientists, engineers, and graduate students with enough starting material that they can comprehend the status of this research and decide if and how to pursue it in more depth themselves.

Five major sections are included in the book: Understanding the Problem lays the groundwork for the technical details to follow; Propulsion Without Rockets discusses space drives and gravity control, both in general terms and with specific examples; Faster-Than-Light Travel starts with a review of the known relativistic limits, followed by the faster-than-light implications from both general relativity and quantum physics; Energy Considerations deals with spacecraft power systems and summarizes the limits of technology based on accrued science; and From This Point Forward offers suggestions for how to manage and conduct research on such visionary topics.

About the Author:

Marc Millis headed NASA’s Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Project at NASA Glenn Research Center, and continues research on gravity control and faster-than-light travel on his discretionary time. This research gained wide public attention, including a 2001 cover story in Popular Science magazine. In 2006 Millis created the Tau Zero Foundation to extend interstellar flight investigations beyond what is addressable within his day job at NASA. Millis’s other NASA work spans ion thruster designs, electronic instrumentation, and even a cockpit display to guide aircraft microgravity flights. He earned a BS in Physics from Georgia Tech and an MS in Physics Entrepreneurship from Case Western Reserve University.

Eric Davis is a Senior Research Physicist at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin, and the CEO of Warp Drive Metrics. His research specializations include breakthrough propulsion physics, general relativity, and quantum field theories. He is a technical contributor and consultant to the NASA Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Program. His graduate research included the Voyager 1 & 2 and IRAS space missions. Davis has authored papers on the vacuum zero-point energy, wormholes, warp drives, and laser propulsion. He earned an AA in Liberal Arts from Phoenix College, a BS and PhD in Physics from the University of Arizona, and is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and AIAA Associate Fellow.

Table of Contents:
  • Preface
  • Recent History of Breakthrough Propulsion Studies
  • Limits of Interstellar Flight Technology
  • Prerequisites for Space Drive Science
  • Review of Gravity Control Within Newtonian and General Relativistic Physics
  • Gravitational Experiments with Superconductors: History and Lessons
  • Nonviable Mechanical “Antigravity” Devices
  • Null Findings of Yamashita Electrogravitational Patent
  • Force Characterization of Asymmetrical Capacitor Thrusters in Air
  • Experimental Findings of Asymmetrical Capacitor Thruster for Various Gasses and Pressures
  • Propulsive Implications of Photon Momentum in Media
  • Experimental Results of the Woodward Effect on a Micro-Newton Thrust Balance
  • Thrusting Against the Quantum Vacuum
  • Inertial Mass from Stochastic Electrodynamics
  • Relativistic Limits of Spaceflight
  • Faster-than-Light Approaches in General Relativity
  • Faster-than-Light Implications of Quantum Entanglement and Nonlocality
  • Comparative Space Power Baselines
  • On Extracting Energy from the Quantum Vacuum
  • Investigating Sonoluminescence as a Means of Energy Harvesting
  • Null Tests of “Free-Energy” Claims
  • General Relativity Computational Tools and Conventions for Propulsion
  • Prioritizing Pioneering Research
  • Index
Source: http://www.aiaa.org/content.cfm?pageid=360&id=1743



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Almost Everyone Will Not Be Ready For A Singularity or Radically More Capable Technol (Score: 1)
by vlad on Sunday, February 08, 2009 @ 13:22:58 GMT
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If radically improved technologies start arriving and being deployed over the next few years and then continue to be introduced at a faster pace, then almost everyone will not be ready.

This site has profiled various technologies that have a possibility of having very disruptive capabilities.

If those technologies interact for more rapid dissemination then people be even less ready.

The normal technology adoption cycle which takes years to decades for something new to scale up would normally provide some time for acclimation. People still have trouble keeping up with the normal technology adoption cycle.

Singularity Sputnicks
The starting point for most people will be if/when there are some new radical technologies that shock the majority of people who do not believe in accelerating or radical technology.

This will be the point when those who have contemplating and planning will have the first opening to really affect policy.

Likely this will have to happen in multiple areas and it needs to be an in your face kind of radical change.

Radical Medicine
We could get the capability to extend lives by 5-40 years with sirtuins, gene therapy and other procedures and methods. (Genescient, SENS).

These would be powerful changes but deniable ones for decades.

Rejuvanation or regeneration are the kind of in your face : we are in a new world kind of change.

Space and Energy Technology.
Successful nuclear fusion or one of the radical energy technologies like Blacklightpower could be a shock the world kind of situation.

What are the Factors
Psychological impact on technology doubters and ideally impact on day to day life.
Significant market penetration within a few years.

http://nextbigfuture.com/2009/02/almost-everyone-will-not-be-ready-for.html [nextbigfuture.com]


Debating Singularity Education Programs [nextbigfuture.com] As previously noted on this site Ray Kurzweil (inventor, author of the Singularity is Near) and Peter Diamandis (Xprize founder and co-founder of the International Space University) are starting up a Singularity University. [nextbigfuture.com]

by vlad on Tuesday, May 05, 2009 @ 20:27:15 GMT
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Submitted by Anon: A possibility for a warp drive engine is given in the UK patent: GB2294594

Search http://gb.espacenet.com [www.zpenergy.com] for a full description of the patent.

Groups with the technical resource/know how are needed to test the theory out in practice, by building a prototype.


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