Browse Publications Technical Papers 2005-01-3374

A Propulsion Device for Spacecraft 2005-01-3374

A method that exploits certain properties of a recirculating gas has been investigated as a means of achieving a sustained accelerative vector force without either the expulsion of mass from or a reaction against an external mass by the accelerated body. A theory of operation is presented that defines the capabilities and limitations of the method, and which has resulted in functioning prototypes. The prototype devices require only a source of electric power and a means of cooling to achieve an internally generated, externally measurable accelerative vector force that is sustained for as long as power is supplied to the device.


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