DailyDirt: Spaceworthy Engines That Will Take Us 'To Infinity And Beyond!'

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Humans -- not content to be stuck on this planet and itching to find alien life -- are hard at work developing better ways to send satellites and spacecraft into orbit and outer space. If we actually want to colonize Mars by 2023, then some new propulsion technologies might be in order. Here are a few examples of various efforts going on around the world. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.
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    Nigel Lew (profile), 17 Sep 2012 @ 5:07pm

    Warp Drive

    I like these posts. Curiously enough I was just trying to wrap my brain around this..

    http://news.discovery.com/space/warp-drive-possible-nasa-tests-100yss-120917.html

    Nigel

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    Rick Crammond (profile), 17 Sep 2012 @ 8:19pm

    Propulsion is obsolete and it's time to get over it.

    The propulsion technologies noted seem old-fashioned and wimpy, compared to the positive movement of new "Mag-Grav" field technologies...coming soon, at least to the few countries that have recently accepted it.

    For a space drive with real balls, check out Keshe Foundation's plans for cheap, safe, space travel based on gravitational positioning...
    http://www.keshefoundation.org/en/applications/space/gravitational-technology

    Keshe Foundation Intro movie:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrN99RELqwo

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      Anonymous Coward, 17 Sep 2012 @ 11:41pm

      Re: Propulsion is obsolete and it's time to get over it.

      I'm afraid that I can't believe anything on that page. From the very start it is all kinds of wrong.

      HOW GRAVITY IS CREATED
      We have proved through the systems we have developed that have an internal structure similar to the dual core of the Earth, that gravity is created by the interaction of magnetic fields within the different cores of the planet.

      Gravity is caused by mass, and the attractive force between two bodies is proportional to their masses. 400+ years of observation and experimentation pretty much proves that fact. That Keshe gravitational technology looks like pseudoscientific rubbish.

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        Rick Crammond (profile), 18 Sep 2012 @ 12:20am

        Re: Re: Propulsion is obsolete and it's time to get over it.

        Re: "the attractive force between two bodies is proportional to their masses. 400+ years of observation and experimentation pretty much proves that fact"

        "Pretty much" is nowhere near enough proof for me. Today's science can levitate a live frog in an ordinary, but strong, magnetic field...against the force of gravity. That was also considered "pretty much" impossible by all scientists just a few short years ago.

        I agree that the Keshe ideas are hard to believe. So were Nikola Tesla's comments about his electric flying machine that were similar...before being classified. But I can't deny that the principle concepts expounded by Keshe resonate with my gut instinct that says they're correct.

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        Anonymous Coward, 18 Sep 2012 @ 12:30am

        Re: Re: Propulsion is obsolete and it's time to get over it.

        I've read that site a bit further and it's hilarious. This part of the explanation of why magnetic fields affect the motion of celestial bodies:

        Planets in the universe do not fill up at every fuel station, they do not stand still and they do not have wings to fly.

        It also talks about things which astrophyicists don't event understand.

        The reactor contains different matters (matter, antimatter and dark matter)

        No-one knows what dark matter is, though there are hypotheses. If Keshe knows otherwise, he might want to let the rest of the scientific community know.

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          Rick Crammond (profile), 18 Sep 2012 @ 1:12am

          Re: Re: Re: Propulsion is obsolete and it's time to get over it.

          Keshe was apparently told by some scientists to make his language more technical and scientific in his research papers. Keshe replies that he writes so that a black bushman from Africa and a white PHD physicist can be at the same table, and both of them will understand the concepts. The scientists immediately left the room.

          That pretty much sums up most scientist's responses to Keshe.

          Also, Keshe explains he is trained as an engineer, not a physicist. He says he builds what he talks about, instead of talking math.

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    Anonymous Coward, 18 Sep 2012 @ 12:20am

    Mars

    Maybe, I'm being naïve, but shouldn't we have colozized Mars by now: :/

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    Watchit (profile), 18 Sep 2012 @ 1:34am

    Scotty we need more power!

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