Friday, January 06, 2006

AIAA Blunder: Heims Hyperspace Engine won't work

Prof. J. Hauser has received the AIAA 2004 best technical paper award for his paper on hyperdrive propulsion based on Heim's theory.


Hyperdrive Engine Interesting Experts. New Scientist (1/7 issue, Lietz) reports, "Every year, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics awards prizes for the best papers presented at its annual conference. Last year's winner in the nuclear and future flight category went to a paper calling for experimental tests of an astonishing new type of engine. According to the paper, this hyperdrive motor would propel a craft through another dimension at enormous speeds. It could leave Earth at lunchtime and get to the moon in time for dinner. There's just one catch: the idea relies on an obscure and largely unrecognised kind of physics. Can they possibly be serious? The AIAA is certainly not embarrassed. What's more, the US military has begun to cast its eyes over the hyperdrive concept, and a space propulsion researcher at the US Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories has said he would be interested in putting the idea to the test."

Begin forwarded message:

From: Jack Sarfatti
Date: January 6, 2006 8:13:05 PM PST
To: Gary S Bekkum / SSR
Subject: Re: Scientists moot gravity-busting hyperdrive | The Register

I have been contacted by Sandia asking my opinion. I said "Thumbs down. No way Jose." Also the physics in the paper is almost certainly complete nonsense. No one I know understands it. It seems to be a variation on the Nazi Bell Experiment and the Podkletnov stuff that came from it as described by Nick Cook in "The Hunt for Zero Point" -- all very dubious stuff of course.

Obviously the Skinwalker high-strangeness reported by NIDS doesn't need any Z-Machine or humongous magnetic fields.


*A space propulsion researcher at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico does think it might be possible, though, using an X-ray generator called the Z machine which "could probably generate the necessary field intensities and gradients".

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