The fuel-free EmDrive engine is said to be able to take humans to Mars in just 10 weeks. The revolutionary engine is able to propel a spacecraft through space by bouncing microwaves—provided by the sun—inside of a closed container. By doing so without the need for fuel, it violates Newton’s third law, which states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
A newly posted (propaganda) video suggests that Chinese researchers have managed to create a functional prototype of NASA’s ‘impossible’ fuel-free engine, a groundbreaking engine that could revolutionize space exploration in the coming years.
The groundbreaking fuel free engine was researched and theorized by NASA for years, but reports show that the American Space Agency has failed in creating a fully functional prototype.
If the physics defying engine works, it could help humanity reach distant planets and even moons in our solar system that were out of reach with our current technology.
Now, a video posted by CCTV.com, and is titled ‘Propellantless propulsion: The Chinese EmDrive by CAST scientist Dr Chen Yue, China’s Space Agency,’ claims Chinese experts have created the ‘impossible’.
The video claims that Chinese scientists have managed to develop the EmDrive and will test it in space in the near future.
While the video shows Scientists working on what seems to be a propulsion engine, no specifications nor technical aspects of the device itself have been posted. This revolutionary engine defies everything we know about the laws of physics. It’s an engine that provides thrust, but does not have a need for fuel.
Instead, the devices is able to propel a spacecraft through space by bouncing microwaves—provided by the sun—inside of a closed container.
As it uses no fuel at all, the engine itself violates Newton’s third law, which states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
However, the claims made in the video are taken lightly by many experts since it’s not the first time that China has claimed to have built the fuel-free engine.
As IBTimes UK reported, the device built by Chinese scientists at CAST—and funded by the Government—was being developed since 2010, and was tested in low Earth orbit.
‘National research institutions in recent years have carried out a series of long-term, repeated tests on the EmDrive,’ Dr Chen Yue, head of the communication satellite division at Cast said at the press conference, IBTimes UK reports.
‘Nasa’s published test results can be said to re-confirm the technology. We have successfully developed several specifications of multiple prototype principles.
‘The establishment of an experimental verification platform to complete the milli-level micro thrust measurement test, as well as several years of repeated experiments and investigations into corresponding interference factors, confirm that in this type of thruster, thrust exists.’
Reports by the IBTimes further state that Li Feng, the chief designer of Cast’s communication satellite division, claims that the team has built a prototype that so far is able to generate just a few millinewtons of thrust.
In order to propel a satellite, the fuel free engine would need to generate between .1-1 Newton’s.