February 02, 2009

Frontiers of Propulsion Science



Frontiers of Propulsion Science is the first-ever compilation of emerging science relevant to such notions as space drives, warp drives, gravity control, and faster-than-light travel – the kind of breakthroughs that would revolutionize spaceflight and enable human voyages to other star systems. Although these concepts might sound like science fiction, they are appearing in growing numbers in reputable scientific journals. It is written by Marc G. Millis, NASA Glenn Research Center [Marc ran the and NASA institute of Advanced Concepts] and Eric W. Davis, Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin. It is 739 pages.

Five major sections are included in the book: Understanding the Problem lays the groundwork for the technical details to follow; Propulsion Without Rockets discusses space drives and gravity control, both in general terms and with specific examples; Faster-Than-Light Travel starts with a review of the known relativistic limits, followed by the faster-than-light implications from both general relativity and quantum physics; Energy Considerations deals with spacecraft power systems and summarizes the limits of technology based on accrued science; and From This Point Forward offers suggestions for how to manage and conduct research on such visionary topics.






Table of Contents:

* Recent History of Breakthrough Propulsion Studies
* Limits of Interstellar Flight Technology
* Prerequisites for Space Drive Science
* Review of Gravity Control Within Newtonian and General Relativistic Physics
* Gravitational Experiments with Superconductors: History and Lessons
* Nonviable Mechanical “Antigravity” Devices
* Null Findings of Yamashita Electrogravitational Patent
* Force Characterization of Asymmetrical Capacitor Thrusters in Air
* Experimental Findings of Asymmetrical Capacitor Thruster for Various Gasses and Pressures
* Propulsive Implications of Photon Momentum in Media
* Experimental Results of the Woodward Effect on a Micro-Newton Thrust Balance
Thrusting Against the Quantum Vacuum
* Inertial Mass from Stochastic Electrodynamics
* Relativistic Limits of Spaceflight
* Faster-than-Light Approaches in General Relativity
* Faster-than-Light Implications of Quantum Entanglement and Nonlocality
* Comparative Space Power Baselines
* On Extracting Energy from the Quantum Vacuum
* Investigating Sonoluminescence as a Means of Energy Harvesting
* Null Tests of “Free-Energy” Claims
* General Relativity Computational Tools and Conventions for Propulsion
* Prioritizing Pioneering Research

FURTHER READING
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