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Mission impossible: Ridiculed rocket drive could reach the moon in just 4 hours


Flying to the moon could soon be quicker than crossing the Pacific.

Scientists dubbed it ‘scientifically impossible’, but an EM rocket drive developed by a British inventor Roger Shawyer has now been proven to work – and could take us to the moon in just four hours.

The drive, which was torn apart by scientists when first unveiled nearly 15 years ago, uses solar power to produce thrust, which generates a whole bunch of microwaves that move back and forth in a closed space. In theory, this means that, if undisrupted, the engine could just keep on running without any need for traditional rocket fuel.

The reason scientists are left with jaws wide open is that the whole thing goes against the ‘concept of conservation of momentum’;

If something is pushed forward, something must be pushed in the opposite direction.

…So goes the theory. Martin Tajmar, a professor and chair for Space Systems at Dresden University of Technology in Germany, has proven that the drive does produce significant thrust. In fact, it’s believed to be capable of getting a rocket to Mars within 70 days. Or if you fancy Pluto, a mere eighteen months rather than the nine years it just took NASA.

Speaking at the catchily-titled American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Propulsion and Energy Forum and Exposition this week, Tamar went on to say: “Our measurements reveal thrusts as expected from previous claims after carefully studying thermal and electromagnetic interferences. If true, this could certainly revolutionise space travel.”

Though scientists still can’t figure out exactly how this thing works, NASA has suggested that it may have something to do with the way the technology manipulates subatomic particles which constantly pop in and out of existence in empty space’.

Does that make it any clearer? No, not for us either, but it’s always good to know that theories of quantum physics are still being defied to this day. Ah, sweet progress.

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