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British scientists invoke Star Trek in new engine design

When British scientist Roger Shawyer first envisioned a new way to travel to the moon just after the turn of the century, he didn’t anticipate the connections that would be made between his concept and the impulse drive used by the fictional Star Ship Enterprise in¬†Star Trek. Of course, those connections have been made.

It wasn’t easy. Most scoffed at the ideas. It wasn’t until his research was explored more deeply recently that scientists are starting to believe that his technology could become a reality. If it does, it will be able to drive people to the moon in under four hours.

According to the Mirror:

It is believed the EM Drive works by using solar power to generate multiple microwaves that are held in an enclosed chamber and move back and forth. Basically, the drive converts electrical energy into thrust without the need for rocket fuel.

Read more on the Mirror.

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