This story now
IN Science & Technology ON 09 Nov, 2015
The EM Drive creates thrust by bouncing microwaves around in an enclosed chamber and uses only solar power.
NASA has updated the first time in ten months, which says the futuristic engine might not be just a fantasy.
The working thrust is still unfathomable by the engineers. The implications of this success in space exploration will be far-reaching.
Reaching Alpha Centauri, which would take tens of thousands of years to reach using current technologies, could be reached in just 100 years. And as the thruster are solar powered, propulsion would be generated along the way.
'Thrust measurements of the EM Drive defy classical physics' expectations that such a closed (microwave) cavity should be unusable for space propulsion because of the law of conservation of momentum', announced NasaSpaceFlight.com in April.
Martin Tajmar, professor and chair for Space Systems at the Dresden University of Technology, wrote in his paper, "Additional tests need to be carried out to study the magnetic interaction of the power feeding lines used for the liquid metal contacts."
According to Physics, particles in the quantum vacuum cannot be ionized, so, therefore, you cannot push against it. But NASA's latest test claims to have shown otherwise.
To access this content, confirm your age by signing up.