Mach Effect Project Made New Designs

Mach Effect propulsion project work has continued with improved designs that isolate any vibration and temperature issues.

They had countered Tajmar’s prior null results.

SOURCES – Space Studies Institute
Written by Brian Wang,

14 thoughts on “Mach Effect Project Made New Designs”

  1. As good as the idea sounds, the problem with laser annihilation for propulsion is that the products aren't redirectable or reflectable for thrust in one particular direction. They are, it seems, at best, absorbable. Which creates other problems.
    Perhaps for power generation or for heating a propellant mass…

  2. A pity about Tajmar stabbing it in the heart along with the Emdrive.

    It's really nice to imagine we suddenly have wondrous space drives that don't require propellant to move a spaceship. It's one of the few options left if we want to see interstellar travel in the short-ish term.

    But wishes don't make physics.

    Nevertheless those aren't the only options. As others have said: hope springs eternal. Currently my fave fringe physics is Leif Holmlid's hyper-dense hydrogen reaction.

    I have a soft spot for (safer) anti-matter annihilation rockets, spouting a torrent of pions. kaons, muons and gamma-ray photons in their merry way to the next star.

  3. Actually, my question was much simpler, as I could not tell whether the *other* two versions had been tested, or did they use the same mistaken set up, or is the claim they have been dis proven as strong as for EMDrive? I suspect they all use the same set up. edit: the other post was not there last time I looked!

  4. I was thinking the same thing, but if you were making a plan to use two wires for a pendulum, as an intentional source of noise to get grants to investigate, wouldn't you come to the conclusion that nobody would be stupid enuf to fall for it?

  5. To the extent that's possible, which isn't much of an extent, because this is a dream a lot of people have trouble letting go of.

    These fictional drives will continue to have people who believe in them, but they will find it harder to get institutional backing for work, going forward.

  6. Brett, what do you think, is this deliberate? Are the Mach-guys making their experiments poor so that they will get "positive" but actually meaningless results? Do they know that they are producing garbage or is it an honest mistake?

  7. Sad to think how much effort was poured down the magical drive rathole. so much waste that could have been avoided by competent experiments up front.

  8. Thank you to the scientists working on these projects. We will not have much chance at interstellar without new drive designs that don't carry onboard reaction mass that I have seen.
    That being said, can we at least build something like Orion drive or nuclear salt water reactors to develop our own solar system in the meantime? Something truly energetic and cost efficient? We really need government, academia and commercial companies enabled to go after this goal and access to the nuclear material to test it. Off earth of course as extra development incentive.

  9. The idea in itself remains valid. In both cases, either if space is a substance (as classical mechanics had it) or, alternatively if spacetime exists (as relativity has it) than you can push against it by timing the vibration with a mechanical device (peddle, timed jitter). If it works on water with a canoe, an equivalent device for space (whatever that is) could be found and it will either create a push or a pull. Mach will remain controversial until someone does it and proves it works in a convincing manner with larger macroscopic effects. There is only one team working on this with one approach.

  10. Yes, this one doesn't make much sense, either, and I'm actually starting to get tired of humoring it. Notice: Linear bearing slides, NOT the far more sensitive torsion pendulum. Congratulations on reinventing the Dean drive, linear ball slides also exhibit slip/stick if you pay close enough attention.

    Expect this, too, to stop working the moment it is subject to a sensitive enough experiment.

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