Fwd = Anti-gravity propulsion comes out of the closet
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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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