Short Bytes: EM Drive, NASA’s experimental Impossible engine, isn’t just a hollow claim. The validity of this engine has gained some more credibility, thanks to the online publication of NASA’s peer-reviewed paper on the EM Drive.EM Drive, the microwave radiation thruster capable of propelling a spacecraft without any fuel, has been heating up the debates over the past couple of years. The concept of EM Drive has been facing harsh criticism as it appears to violate the Newton’s Third Law of Motion, which says that every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
In a recent development, a full and official peer-reviewed paper on EM Drive has been published online. This paper has appeared via the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)’s Journal of Propulsion and Power.
While the publication of this paper doesn’t guarantee EM Drive’s real world applications, it surely approves the methodology of the experiments. It also confirms that NASA’s EM Drive constantly produces 1.2 millinewtons per kilowatt of thrust in a vacuum.
The EM Drive concept states that a working EM Drive will only need electricity, which will be produced by solar panels. Due to the absence of heavy loads from rocket fuel, EM Drive can act as the “impossible” engine that can take us deeper into space.
Amid all this development and excitement, all the doubts surrounding the EM Drive can’t be rejected. But, with the publication of the paper, we’ll get to know about different sources of error.
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