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Offline Airlock

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Aisha Mustafa's Space Drive
« on: 05/24/2012 12:15 PM »
Interesting article I found on the net:

http://www.fastcompany.com/1837966/mustafas-space-drive-an-egyptian-students-quantum-physics-invention

Don't know how much of it is actually real, thoughts?

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Re: Aisha Mustafa's Space Drive
« Reply #1 on: 05/24/2012 02:55 PM »
 It's about as real as Bugs Bunny cartoon physics. Moving mirrors interacting with the quantum particle sea? I hope that wasn't the US patent office.

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Re: Aisha Mustafa's Space Drive
« Reply #2 on: 05/24/2012 05:22 PM »
Interesting article I found on the net:

http://www.fastcompany.com/1837966/mustafas-space-drive-an-egyptian-students-quantum-physics-invention

Don't know how much of it is actually real, thoughts?

The dynamic casimir effect has been observed last year (http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/26813/).

Basically, by moving a mirror at relativistic speeds the researchers were able to "produce light out of nothing". (IANAQP but this covers the gist of it).

Expelling photons creates force, and so in theory it's possible to propel a spacecraft (or generate electricity/steam) but I wonder how much energy is spent on moving the mirrors.

My guess: better gear up on ion thrusters for now.

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