China Reveals Physics-Defying EmDrive for Deep Space Travel
Chinese scientists say they have completed work on the revolutionary yet elusive EmDrive. If true, this means China is officially winning the space race.
Most rocket engines designed for space travel are propelled by fuel– lots and lots of fuel. The EmDrive is entirely different and literally impossible to explain because it works outside of traditional physics.
Basically, it’s microwave-powered. The EmDrive includes a magnetron and a resonator. The magnetron produces microwaves, and the resonator accumulates energy through waves which the engine uses for energy. It needs no propellant because the electromagnetic drive engine produces its own thrust.
This is revolutionary because it defies Newton’s third law of motion which states that “for every action, there must be an equal or opposite reaction.” But it also means humans could soon travel to Mars and other planets much sooner and much faster. In fact, if tests go well, Chinese teams could travel to Mars within weeks.
Like their military capabilities, China’s space department has grown exponentially within the past two decades. In 2003, China became the world’s third country to send a person into space. China kept laying the ground work for ambitious space explorations and manned-missions by developing new technologies. Now the country has advanced themselves into a world power with major space capabilities. And they’ve set their sights pretty high.
China has big plans for space. In 2018, they plan to set foot on the far side of the moon and plan for a Mars mission by 2020. The Chinese Academy of Sciences focuses on revolutionary theories to take space exploration to the next level. Their Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) studies quantum entanglement: a theory straight out of science fiction. The CAS also invests significant resources into studying dark matter.
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Does China’s EmDrive discovery sound too good to be true? Think again. On one hand, China’s state TV released very few details about the new technology. Which could lead many to believe it isn’t true since it defies physics, after all. But according to a leaked report from NASA, the EmDrive is very real and NASA is still working on one of their own. Alas, China seems to have beat NASA to the punch.