[Blabber] EM Drive

Ian Smith ismithc at gmail.com
Wed Nov 23 18:17:04 UTC 2016


Ars had an interesting review of the paper (and some good analogies) and in
summary it sounds like the researches still aren't accounting for all
uncontrolled parameters:

http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/11/nasas-em-drive-still-a-wtf-thruster/

Ian

On Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 1:08 PM Connor Connor <john.theman.connor at gmail.com>
wrote:

> There are a lot of idea floating around.  Degrading the shield and
> kicking electrons, hydrogen gas, etc. out the back has definitely not
> been ruled out yet.  My understanding is that (almost) everyone thinks
> that the shielding is being converted to fuel somehow.
>
> On Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 12:59 PM, Robert Diamond <rmd6502 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Did they already check if the microwaves aren’t just kicking electrons
> out the back?
> >
> >> On Nov 23, 2016, at 9:56 AM, Connor Connor <
> john.theman.connor at gmail.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> Are people following this EM drive hoopla?  I have read about the
> >> "physics" of the device, but I don't have enough practical knowledge
> >> to know if building one is something we could do at the space.  Can we
> >> just take a piece of sheet metal and stick a microwave in it?  Does it
> >> require precise measurements, a fancy schmancy power supply, etc?
> >> Might be fun to "demo" at Makerfaire or whatever.  Of course, all the
> >> fuss may die down by then, but it might still be fun to make one to
> >> cook hotdogs in.
> >>
> >> --JC
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