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  • Frits Westra
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      29 July 2002

      Anti-gravity propulsion comes out of the closet

      By Nick Cook, JDW Aerospace Consultant, London

      Boeing, the worlds largest aircraft manufacturer, has admitted it is
      working on experimental anti-gravity projects that could overturn a
      century of conventional aerospace propulsion technology if the science
      underpinning them can be engineered into hardware.

      As part of the effort, which is being run out of Boeings Phantom Works
      advanced research and development facility in Seattle, the company is
      trying to solicit the services of a Russian scientist who claims he
      has developed anti-gravity devices in Russia and Finland. The
      approach, however, has been thwarted by Russian officialdom.
      The Boeing drive to develop a collaborative relationship with the
      scientist in question, Dr Evgeny Podkletnov, has its own internal
      project name: GRASP Gravity Research for Advanced Space Propulsion.

      A GRASP briefing document obtained by JDW sets out what Boeing
      believes to be at stake. "If gravity modification is real," it says,
      "it will alter the entire aerospace business."

      GRASPs objective is to explore propellentless propulsion (the
      aerospace worlds more formal term for anti-gravity), determine the
      validity of Podkletnovs work and "examine possible uses for such a
      technology". Applications, the company says, could include space
      launch systems, artificial gravity on spacecraft, aircraft propulsion
      and fuelless electricity generation so-called free energy.

      But it is also apparent that Podkletnovs work could be engineered into
      a radical new weapon. The GRASP paper focuses on Podkletnovs claims
      that his high-power experiments, using a device called an impulse
      gravity generator, are capable of producing a beam of gravity-like
      energy that can exert an instantaneous force of 1,000g on any object
      enough, in principle, to vaporise it, especially if the object is
      moving at high speed.

      Podkletnov maintains that a laboratory installation in Russia has
      already demonstrated the 4in (10cm) wide beams ability to repel
      objects a kilometre away and that it exhibits negligible power loss at
      distances of up to 200km. Such a device, observers say, could be
      adapted for use as an anti-satellite weapon or a ballistic missile
      shield. Podkletnov declared that any object placed above his rapidly
      spinning superconducting apparatus lost up to 2% of its weight.
      Although he was vilified by traditionalists who claimed that
      gravity-shielding was impossible under the known laws of physics, the
      US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) attempted to
      replicate his work in the mid-1990s. Because NASA lacked Podkletnovs
      unique formula for the work, the attempt failed. NASAs Marshall Space
      Flight Center in Alabama will shortly conduct a second set of
      experiments using apparatus built to Podkletnovs specifications.

      Boeing recently approached Podkletnov directly, but promptly fell foul
      of Russian technology transfer controls (Moscow wants to stem the
      exodus of Russian high technology to the West).

      The GRASP briefing document reveals that BAE Systems and Lockheed
      Martin have also contacted Podkletnov "and have some activity in this

      It is also possible, Boeing admits, that "classified activities in
      gravity modification may exist". The paper points out that Podkletnov
      is strongly anti-military and will only provide assistance if the
      research is carried out in the white world of open development.

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