Warp Speed! NASA Declares EM Drive Will Work In Space!

David Reddish
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NASA has announced their contraversial new EM drive–an engine that runs on electricity with no need for propelant–will function in the vaccuum of space.  Long rejected by conservative scientists for apparently violating the laws of physics, a Chinese man has constructed an EM drive and has confirmed that the engine produces enough thrust to serve as a viable engine in space flight.  The engine could be powered by solar energy in satelites and even manned space craft.

Not satisfied with the results of the Chinese expirament, NASA conducted it’s own tests on an American version, constructed by scientist Guido Fetta.  The American team produced even more positive results than the Chinese, even when tested under various conditions.  As the NASA report reads:

 

“Test results indicate that the RF resonant cavity thruster design, which is unique as an electric propulsion device, is producing a force that is not attributable to any classical electromagnetic phenomenon and therefore is potentially demonstrating an interaction with the quantum vacuum virtual plasma.”

NASA has declined to elaborate on how the drive functions any further, possibly because scientists are still debating that very idea.  A functional EM drive could revolutionize travel in space and on Earth, as it would be of lightweight design and wouldn’t require refueling.  Moreover it could radically speed up space travel, making trips, at the very least, within our solar system, much more viable for exploration and discovery of resources.