• LughOPM
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    3 months ago

    Any time I hear claims that involve hitherto unknown laws of Physics I’m 99.99% sure I’m dealing with BS - but then again, some day someone will probably genuinely pull off such a discovery.

    • bruhbeans
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      473 months ago

      I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess that NASA has physicists that understand how and why this thing works, and the article title is just bullshit.

      • @xor@infosec.pub
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        673 months ago

        they do, and tested it extensively… and determined it doesn’t provide any thrust and the earlier tests that showed a tiny bit were just sensors malfunctioning from the microwaves…
        i’m going go ahead and call this article:
        probably bullshit

        • @corroded@lemmy.world
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          273 months ago

          Are you sure? What you say is true of the EM drive, but this looks like it’s a completely different technology. As far as the article is written, it doesn’t sound like microwaves are used at all.

          What has me skeptical is that they say the device produces enough thrust to counteract its own mass, which would be revolutionary. Why are we not reading about this all over the news?

        • admiralteal
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          263 months ago

          This can’t be ion propulsion because ion propulsion involves a propellant – the ions.

    • @CanadaPlus
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      43 months ago

      It’s very likely, but it’s almost certainly going to involve an extreme thing we can barely measure. The whole reason physics is stuck where it is is that all the things we have access to are described perfectly by the system we have, even if it’s not fully self-consistent.

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        3 months ago

        This wasn’t NASA, though. This was a sci-fi writer, writing about a putative claim by someone who got paid by NASA at some point in the past.

        Ditto for the couple ex-CIA guys that claim there’s alien dissections or whatever. Big organizations inevitably employ all sorts.