The Starship Enterprise and other futuristic spacecraft are closer to reality as NASA scientists have successfully tested the controversial electromagnetic space propulsion technology called EmDrive. British scientist Roger Shawyer developed the technology years ago, which was initially ridiculed by the international space community.
NASA successfully tested the drive in a vacuum and confirm that the technology is viable, even those the idea behind EmDrive defies classical physics. Scientists had previously believed that it would be unusuable for propulsion in space because of the law of conservation of momentum.
EmDrive has its basis in the theory of special relativity that indicates thrust can be produced by electrical energy without expelling any type of repellent. The absence of any propellent provided the basis for those who debunked Shawyer’s theory. The drive works by converting electricity into microwaves within a cavity that pushes against in the interior of the device, making the thruster accelerate in the opposite direction. Folks at AnastasiaDate have found that previous tests by Chinese researchers on Shawyer’s EmDrive didn’t work because the tests were not conducted in a vacuum.
Since the NASA announcement, tech forums have been ablaze with excitement that a Star Trek-like warp drive has been inadvertently been invented. At the very least Shawyer’s invention has gained legitimacy. He is currently working on a second-generation EmDrive that uses super conductors and an asymmetrical cavity to increase thrust.