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Hyperdrive Propulsion Could Be Tested At The LHC

Posted by: Rob Goldsmith - Thu Oct 08, 2009 4:58 pm
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Post Hyperdrive Propulsion Could Be Tested At The LHC   Posted on: Thu Oct 08, 2009 4:58 pm
The principle behind a novel form of spacecraft propulsion could be tested at the world's most powerful particle accelerator.

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In 1924, the influential German mathematician David Hilbert published a paper called "The Foundations of Physics" in which he outlined an extraordinary side effect of Einstein's theory of relativity.

Hilbert was studying the interaction between a relativistic particle moving towards or away from a stationary mass. His conclusion was that if the relativistic particle had a velocity greater than about half the speed of light, a stationary mass should repel it. At least, that's how it would appear to a distant inertial observer.

That's an interesting result and one that has been more or less forgotten, says Franklin Felber an independent physicist based in the US (Hilbert's paper was written in German).....More

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Post Re: Hyperdrive Propulsion Could Be Tested At The LHC   Posted on: Thu Oct 08, 2009 8:29 pm
Lets say the idea is proven. How long do we have to wait until we get to Alpha Centauri?

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Post Re: Hyperdrive Propulsion Could Be Tested At The LHC   Posted on: Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:32 pm
This is indeed very interesting, but I somehow seem to fail at understanding how this could be used for any useful kind of propulsion?

Just imagine a "Spaceship" with a big heavy particle accelerator on it, that shoots out protons. And then you would get a tiny additional "push" on top of the normal impulse from the very fast protons...

Doesn't really seems to be worth it to me.

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Post Re: Hyperdrive Propulsion Could Be Tested At The LHC   Posted on: Sat Oct 10, 2009 11:24 am
No. What we do is take a big chunck of metal, accelerate it to relativistic velocity using a particle accelerator in the home system, and then ride it's gravity beam.


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Post Re: Hyperdrive Propulsion Could Be Tested At The LHC   Posted on: Sat Oct 10, 2009 6:29 pm
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No. What we do is take a big chunck of metal, accelerate it to relativistic velocity using a particle accelerator in the home system, and then ride it's gravity beam.

What's a gravity beam?

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