NASA just discovered that science classes nowadays are actually obsolete. A principle that violates any rule of physics known to man has recently been demonstrated to work in a solar powered device, by NASA themselves.
Just to get off the planet requires a lot of energy, which means some sort of propellant must be expended. In terms we can readily understand, it takes about the same amount of energy contained in 21 gallons of gasoline to lift one kilogram of cargo to low earth orbit. Once there, further maneuvering is necessary, involving the further expenditure of fuel.
Without fuel, nothing more can be done, neither to correct a degrading orbit, nor to move beyond, so one can see that a lot of fuel is required to get around, even outside the gravitational pull of Earth. Researchers happened upon an “impulse engine” of sorts that uses only solar power, and zero fuel.
The EMDrive, invented by British scientist Roger Shawyer, or Cannae Drive, invented by Guido Fetta, are both based on a similar mechanism, bouncing microwaves inside an enclosed chamber and producing a measurable thrust. Because “one cannot change the laws of physics,” most researchers and reputable testing facilities refused to even look at the design, because such a thing just “isn’t possible.” Indeed, NASA scientists say that such a thing shouldn’t work at all, using just solar power and zero fuel, but it does!
The Chinese tested their own version of EMDrive, which was able to put out 72 grams of thrust. This may not seem like much, but is enough to nudge a satellite. Cannae Drive, which was recently tested by NASA, registered 1/1000th the thrust of the Chinese model, which brings into question our very understanding of what future space travel might constitute.
After testing and demonstrations at the 50th Joint Propulsion Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, NASA explained it thusly, “Test results indicate that the RF resonant cavity thruster design, which is unique as an electric propulsion device, is producing a force that is not attributable to any classical electromagnetic phenomenon and therefore is potentially demonstrating an interaction with the quantum vacuum virtual plasma.”
So, NASA isn’t entirely sure what makes it work. Can Cannae Drive or EMDrive be scaled up? Will mankind be able to colonize Mars on solar power alone?