Propellantless propulsion by electromagnetic inertia manipulation: Theory and experiment
Abstract
One of the challenges to create the Space Drive being to discover a selfcontained means of propulsion that requires no propellant, it was already shown that a solution to the problem does exist, provided the system is endowed with tensor mass properties. It is found that under the assumption of Minkowski's EnergyMomentum tensor being the right one (AbrahamMinkowski controversy), the electromagnetic field can modify the inertial properties of the generating device, given suitable charge and current distributions. An experiment to settle the question is then proposed which consists of mounting the device as a seismic mass atop a mechanical suspension. By supplying a periodic voltage to the coils at a frequency close to the fundamental frequency of the seismic suspension, the expected mechanical effect from inertia variation would cause the fixture to resonate, adding up to the microseismic noise induced vibration. Two series of tests were conducted during the period 19931997 in practically all cases, the results consistently point to a mechanical vibration induced by matterelectromagnetic field momentum exchange, as predicted by Minkowski's formulation, after all other sources of vibration were taken into account, or removed when possible.
 Publication:

Space Technology and Applications, International Forum  1999
 Pub Date:
 January 1999
 DOI:
 10.1063/1.57710
 Bibcode:
 1999AIPC..458..994B
 Keywords:

 41.20.q;
 Applied classical electromagnetism