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  • Frits Westra
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      Original Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2002 07:52:18 -0400 (EDT)

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      BBC NEWS

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      Monday, 29 July, 2002, 03:23 GMT 04:23 UK

      Boeing tries to defy gravity

      Researchers at the world's largest aircraft maker, Boeing, are using
      the work of a controversial Russian scientist to try to create a
      device that will defy gravity.

      The company is examining an experiment by Yevgeny Podkletnov, who
      claims to have developed a device which can shield objects from the
      Earth's pull.

      1. Solenoids create magnetic field
      2. Spinning, super-conducting ceramic ring
      3. Liquid Nitrogen acts as coolant
      4. Dr Podkletnov claims weight can be reduced by 2% (1kg=980g)

      Dr Podkletnov is viewed with suspicion by many conventional
      scientists. They have not been able to reproduce his results.

      The project is being run by the top-secret Phantom Works in Seattle,
      the part of the company which handles Boeing's most sensitive
      programmes.

      The head of the Phantom Works, George Muellner, told the security
      analysis journal Jane's Defence Weekly that the science appeared to
      be valid and plausible.

      Dr Podkletnov claims to have countered the effects of gravity in an
      experiment at the Tampere University of Technology in Finland in
      1992.

      The scientist says he found that objects above a superconducting
      ceramic disc rotating over powerful electromagnets lost weight.

      The reduction in gravity was small, about 2%, but the implications -
      for example, in terms of cutting the energy needed for a plane to fly
      - were immense.

      Scientists who investigated Dr Podkletnov's work, however, said the
      experiment was fundamentally flawed and that negating gravity was
      impossible.

      Research explored

      But documents obtained by Jane's Defence Weekly and seen by the BBC
      show that Boeing is taking Dr Podkletnov's research seriously.

      The hypothesis is being tested in a programme codenamed Project
      Grasp.

      Boeing is the latest in a series of high-profile institutions trying
      to replicate Dr Podkletnov's experiment.

      The military wing of the UK hi-tech group BAE Systems is working on
      an anti-gravity programme, dubbed Project Greenglow.

      The US space agency, Nasa, is also attempting to reproduce Dr
      Podkletnov's findings, but a preliminary report indicates the effect
      does not exist.

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      Related to this story:
      Q&A: Boeing and anti-gravity
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/low/sci/tech/2159487.stm
      (29 Jul 02 | Science/Nature)
      Gravity research gets off the ground
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/low/sci/tech/692968.stm
      (27 Mar 00 | Science/Nature)

      Russia's 'gravity-beating' scientist
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/low/not_in_website/syndication/monitoring/
      media_reports/2159629.stm (29 Jul 02 | Media reports)

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