Emeritus Professor Jim Woodward and Professor Heidi Fearn, photo by Charles Platt
It’s time for a brief update on our Exotic Propulsion Initiative.
As you know, for a few years now SSI has supported the efforts of the Woodward-Fearn Lab at CalState Fullerton’s Physics Department. We’ve helped fund two interns (one in 2014 and one this year) and we also provide minor support for equipment and supplies. Progress is nevertheless slow since adequate funding has been a challenge, but we want to take this opportunity to thank all the donors to date, who have contributed over $23,000 so far.
Most particularly, we’d like to acknowledge the fund-raising efforts of Henri Heinonen who provided the Exotic Propulsion Initiative with more than $5,000 via his Bitcoin Utopia campaign!
All of these generous contributions have contributed to four recent papers:
Theory of a Mach Effect Thruster I
Theory of a Mach Effect Thruster II
New Theoretical Results for the Mach Effect Thruster
Mach’s principle, Action at a Distance and Cosmology
H. Fearn, Journal of Modern Physics, 2015, 6, 260-272
(In which Professor Fearn refutes Hawking!)
On the technical side of things, the Woodward Lab is working on experiments relating to the explanation of thrust for devices like ME Thrusters and EMdrive (being studied at NASA Johnson Space Flight Center’s Eagleworks lab). Results should be publishable in a few months. And responding to what are termed “over unity” arguments against propellant propulsion devices of all types, Professor Woodward has written this monograph:
Over-Unity Argument & Mach Effect Thrusters