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Controversial Warp Drive To Undergo Peer Review

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The electromagnetic (EM) drive has allegedly been sent for a peer review based on a study sent to journals for examination.

The EM Drive is loosely connected to NASA through a former project called Eagleworks. Eagles works is a project that was designed to look into the possibility of sending humans into interstellar space; one of the ideas to emerge from this think-tank was the EM drive. In this project, the NASA based group claims there is a way to use microwaves to send a craft through space without the need for any fuel.

The idea was so controversial that during testing researchers claim the the fabric of space was being warped around it, thus earning the name warp drive. Yet interestingly, NASA came out to say that they were not working on such a technology to quell any concerns in the physics community.

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What was so controversial about the idea, is that using a thrust method without propellant can actually break the law of physics in the form of the conservation of momentum.  It’s believed that without a boost from any type of propellant, that you simply cannot attain any thrust.

However one of the Eaglesworks team members, Paul March, still claims that the team has developed a system that will allow them to develop thrust without propellant in the vacuum of space. These initial claims were not reviewed, but there is plenty of speculation in the NASA community that there is currently something in the works. In a response from March on NASA forums it does seem that March is getting ready to release some new data:

“please have patience about when our next EM paper is going to be published. peer reviews are glacially slow,”

It’s entirely uncertain what the status of this research or peer review may be, but we’re skeptically eager to learn of any findings (or lack thereof). The EM drive is believed the be theoretically possible however mind-bogglingly unfathomable.

H/T: Ibtimes

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