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Leaked NASA Papers Claim 'Warp Drive' Fuel Free Engine Can Take Humans to Mars

Nov 09, 2016 06:37 AM EST
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Will NASA EMDrive and its fuel-free engine take humans to Mars in 10 weeks.
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The Martian dream is on the horizon, but the question is, who will be able to send humans to Mars first. SpaceX looks like it is leading the race to Mars with the projected arrival in 2025. But spectators should not be very quick to judge as an allegedly leaked NASA papers claim that a new fuel-free warp drive engine can take humans to Mars in 10 weeks.

A certain Phil Wilson leaked the alleged NASA papers during a NASA Spaceflight forum, according to a report by Daily Mail. The paper also allegedly describes the initial testing of the fuel-free engines. 

The EMDrive can be flown using bouncing microwaves that are enclosed inside a chamber. Some experts argued that it won't work because the system is against the law of physics, however, the allegedly leaked NASA papers say that it does work and can shorten the travel time from Earth to Mars.

The EMDrive fuel-free engine is dubbed as an 'impossible' endeavor. However, the existence of such device is still in question until today. A report says the original concept of an electromagnetic thruster was presented by a British scientist Roger Sawyer.

The traditional rocket engine relies on specialized chemical fuel formulation to power its combustion systems and thrusters. But EMDrive will defy the laws of physics with its fuel-free engine, however, many still do not believe that it will work.

The first issue is how to defy Newton's third law of motion that a mass can be ejected in space if there is a thrust. With the EMDrive, there is no fuel to power the thrust and the system to eject the spacecraft.

How will the EMDrive do it? It will initiate the thrust by using the particles of light and the microwave inside a cone-shaped chamber. The movement and power coming from the slimmer end of the enclosure will push the engine forward.

Based on the report, controlled engine bursts were performed using 40, 60 and 80-watt power. The thrusts were successful in producing 1.2 millinewtons per kilowatt (mN/kW) of power. However, the problem seen is that there might be a drop of power due to fuel consumption.

However, it appears that despite the success that the paper described, it hasn't undergone peer review, a vital part of any scientific process, this has to be done as well before any new study will be published in a journal.

The existence of such device and the efficacy of the EMDrive, if it exists, might still be in question, but the fact rains that humans are working towards sending the first Earthlings to Mars.


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