2017 Advanced Propulsion Workshop Videos: Day One

2017 Advanced Propulsion Workshop Group

The Space Studies Institute proudly presents the complete set of videos of the presentations from the first day of the 2017 Advanced Propulsion Workshop, held Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 in the Sally Ride Board Room of The Aerospace Corporation’s El Segundo, California headquarters.

The presentations spanned a range of Propulsion Physics and Engineering topics with insightful and often entertaining Q&A. We hope that you will give each video a full view and that you will discover, as some of us did while putting the videos together, that even sessions not at first seeming to be in our personal areas of expertise can have real nuggets of directly usable information.


Session 01: Dr. David Hyland
Director, Space Science and Space Engineering Research at Texas A&M University

“An Epitaxial Device for Dynamic Interaction with the Vacuum State.”

For a PDF of Dr. Hyland’s slides for this presentation, click here.


Session 02: Marc Millis
Founder of The Tau Zero Foundation
Former head of NASA’s Breakthrough Propulsion Physics project
Co-Editor of the book “Frontiers of Propulsion Science

“Playful Thought Experiments About Breakthrough Spacedrives.”

For a PDF of Mr. Millis’ slides for this presentation, click here.


Session 03: Glen A. Robertson
“Entanglement Drive Analysis of the Mach Effect Thruster”

Mr. Robertson’s slides are in two parts.
For the first PDF, click here.
For the second PDF, click here.


Session 04: Dr. Martin Tajmar
Head of Space Systems Chair and Director, Institute of Aerospace Engineering at Technische Universität Dresden

“The SpaceDrive Project: Progress in Testing and Modelling on Mach-Effect and EMDrive Thrusters.”

There are no downloadable slides for this presentation.

We hope that you enjoy these presentations from the first day of the SSI 2017 Advanced Propulsion Workshop and invite you view the rest of the collection using the following links:

The video releases of the presentations of the 2017 Advanced Propulsion Workshop.

For the Day Two Videos and Slides, click here.

For the Day Three Videos and Slides, click here.

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Advanced Propulsion Workshop 2017

Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, CA

SSI to begin releasing videos of the 2017 Advanced Propulsion Workshop

Last November Space Studies Institute NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Team Principal Investigator Dr. Heidi Fearn and Team Consultant Dr. James Woodward invited a group of friends and colleagues to discuss updates in engineering and testing of Propellant-less Propulsion, The “Woodward Effect,” The Machian Principle and other advanced physics and propulsion engineering topics.

Greg Meholic of The Aerospace Corporation, a presenter at the 2016 Estes Park Breakthrough Propulsion Workshop, offered an excellent space for this gathering in the Sally Ride Board Room at The Aerospace Corporation’s El Segundo, California headquarters.

The Space Studies Institute recorded the three day event and we are proud to begin releasing the full-length videos of the presentations starting this week on the SSI YouTube Channel ( https://www.youtube.com/c/SSISpaceStudiesInstitute ). In addition, most presenters provided their slides and we will be posting these on special new pages on the SSI.ORG website.

Camera View of APW 2017

The presenters, in order of appearance and video release are:

  • Dr. David Hyland of Texas A&M University
  • Marc Millis of The Tau Zero Foundation
  • Glen “Tony” Robertson
  • Dr. Martin Tajmar of Dresden University of Technology
  • John Cramer, Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Washington
  • Jean-Philippe Montillet of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (slides only)
  • Dr. José Rodal of Rodal Consulting
  • Michael McDonald of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
  • Dr. Raymond Chaio, Professor Emeritus at the University of California Merced
  • Dr. Peter M. Jansson of Bucknell University and Integrated Systems
  • John Brandenburg of Morningstar Applied Physics, LLC
  • and SSI Senior Associate Dr. Heidi Fearn of the California State University Fullerton

Many sessions included stimulating, insightful and even entertaining Q&A and Dr. Woodward stepped in occasionally to provide clarification of technical and historical Einsteinian physics details.

Even if your day job has nothing to do with Physics or Starships, we hope that you will give each of the video presentations a good college try. Seeing the faces of the scientists and engineers as they present their passions and observing the discussions makes the content come alive.

Woodward view of the APW 2017

The Space Studies Institute is very proud of the SSI NIAC Team, Dr. Heidi Fearn, Dr. José Rodal, Mr. Marshall Eubanks, Mr. Paul March, Mr. Gary C Hudson and Professor James F. Woodward, and we thank them for putting together this important gathering.

We also extend our deepest thanks to the staff at The Aerospace Corporation, especially Greg Meholic and Robert Chismar, for making everyone feel so welcome.  Their hard work paid off and made the three days of sessions a wonderful experience that SSI is excited to begin sharing with the world.

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For more information on SSI’s Exotic Propulsion Initiative including links to the videos of the entire 2016 SSI Estes Park Breakthrough Propulsion Workshop, click here.

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Making Starships and Stargates by Dr. James Woodward
Making Starships and Stargates by Dr. James Woodward

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2017 Advanced Propulsion Workshop Group

The video releases of the presentations of the 2017 Advanced Propulsion Workshop.

Beginning Wednesday January 31st on the SSI YouTube Channel.

Proudly presented by The Space Studies Institute.

White House Space Policy Directive. Highest Hopes.

Space.com: https://www.space.com/39055-trump-space-policy-moon-return-reactions.html

NASA: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/new-space-policy-directive-calls-for-human-expansion-across-solar-system

White House: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/12/11/president-donald-j-trump-will-make-america-leader-space-exploration

Much news coverage today of the Administration’s Space ideas. Most everywhere comes the note that big dreams are great but without investment they tend to remain nice dreams.

Investments are made in things that pay back, obviously and (pardon) ‘bigly.’ Until the goal from the start is for something to at least pay its own way there will always just be nice talk of skipping on Mars and ‘Science.’

Bringing to mind this SSI Alumnus’ famous anecdote:

‘At the Stanford (11/85) meeting of the National Commission on Space Dr. Carl Sagan expounded on his recent conversion to favor human space flight. This was only to meet the political ends of U.S.-Soviet peacemaking, of course; science was still best done by robots. When Gerry [Gerard K. O’Neill] asked Carl if there might not be another reason for human beings to go into space, namely economics, Carl gushed that it would be immoral to go into space for profit…that it would be like Cecil Rhodes and the “robber barons who pillaged Africa.” Gerry and I laughed for a long time about that. Given the company, Carl can call me a robber baron anytime.

- James Muncy’

Until some Space agency starts bringing economically sized ISO Containers of “Rare Earths” down the Gravity Well from the Asteroids, what could possibly be worth such investment? The last half of this 5 minute read related to a previous Administration’s big plan has one idea:


“Now that’s a space program that, I believe, makes sense”
- Gerard K. O’Neill

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