Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Rocket Man

One of these days one of these crazy ideas is actually going to work.  The impossible rocket drive might be it.

The Telegraph headline says, "'Impossible' rocket drive works and could get to Moon in four hours".

There's this little problem called acceleration, but the point is that it could go really fast.  It also appears to violate the law.  No, not the posted speed limit: 

The drive, which has been likened to Star Trek’s Impulse Drive, has left scientists scratching their heads because it defies one of the fundamental concepts of physics – the conservation of momentum – which states that if something is propelled forward, something must be pushed in the opposite direction. So the forces inside the chamber should cancel each other out.

I particularly enjoy this part:

However scientists still have no idea how it actually works. [NASA] suggested that it could have something to do with the technology manipulating subatomic particles which constantly pop in and out of existence in empty space. 
Which reminds us that even physics is an approximation and not reality itself.  Shakespeare wins again:  There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophies.


  1. Sounds like it would be easy enough to test. I'd give a kickstarter account $5 to get a prototype up and running.

  2. If it turns out that it actually works they'll hafta rename it from impossible drive to possible drive.

    Speakin' of space, I dunno why so many people are in a hurry to contact alien life.
    In the event there is alien life somewhere, besides angels and demons that is, it probably wouldn't be a good idea to tell them where we are.

    Apparently, lots of naive people assume that intelligent aliens will be peaceful. Which would be great...however, in the event they ain't...

    Besides, just because something might be intelligent doesn't mean it's peaceful. In fact, probably less likely, if our current batch of professors, lawyers, and planned murderhood doctors are any indication.

  3. It seems like it would be pretty easy to build as a model.

    You're right, Ben, unless those aliens are unfallen, in which case, God is probably protecting them from us.