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zeitghost
6th November 2015, 09:44
As Cap'n Baldy used to say.

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/nasa-is-testing--impossible--warp-drive-engine--and-it-seems-to-be-working-075731244.html

For dear old Freako, this relates to a "warp drive" wot uses microwaves to develop an "anomalous thrust".

AndyW's mum knows all about anomalous thrusts.

VectraMan
6th November 2015, 10:58
If the ‘EM Drive’ works, it could take humans to Mars in a fraction of the time currently possible - landing people on the Red Planet within just 10 weeks. .

Imagine how pissed off you'd be if you volunteered for a 3 year mission to be the first man on Mars, but before you got there somebody invented a much better propulsion system and arrived before you.

A bit like sailing to the new world and getting there just after Concorde.

minestrone
6th November 2015, 11:04
Just hope they get the brakes working OK.

Chuck
6th November 2015, 11:09
A bit like sailing to the new world and getting there just after Concorde.

There's a brilliant documentary about Concorde where the pilot of a US spy plane is interviewed. He describes sitting in a cold, leaky, state-of-the-art, high altitude spy plane watching Concorde cruise past full of people sitting in luxury sipping Champagne.

It might have been stupidly expensive, but the world took a step backwards the day they decommissioned Concorde.

Pherlopolus
6th November 2015, 11:12
As Cap'n Baldy used to say.

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/nasa-is-testing--impossible--warp-drive-engine--and-it-seems-to-be-working-075731244.html

For dear old Freako, this relates to a "warp drive" wot uses microwaves to develop an "anomalous thrust".

AndyW's mum knows all about anomalous thrusts.

The reporting is a bit confusing as this is EM Drive, but NASA is also working on a warp drive in the true sense of warping space-time. Not sure if they are linked, but one is "we built something but can't work out why it works" and the other is "we have equations that show this is possible, but can't work out how to put it into practice"

TheLordDave
6th November 2015, 18:32
Imagine how pissed off you'd be if you volunteered for a 3 year mission to be the first man on Mars, but before you got there somebody invented a much better propulsion system and arrived before you.

A bit like sailing to the new world and getting there just after Concorde.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Forever_War