When Gene Roddenberry introduced me to the idea of star travel, he already envisaged a five year mission. But to-date, that would be nothing short of a miracle. Just to travel to the nearest neighbourhood star system would take over four years at close to the speed of light let alone the journey back! It would appear that whatever the journey into our stellar backyard, it will take a quantum leap in thinking to arrive at something even near practical.
Over the next twelve months, we will examine the possibilities of travelling to the stars according to developments made in the area of propulsion physics. Many ideas have been proposed for overcoming the vast distances of space and time that separates the stars. Some have survived through to the phase of experimental development. At least one orbital maneuvering system has been given a patent in the name of NASA. None have reached further than the desktop and in house laboratory - or at least, not to anyone's knowledge.
A little while back, I took the trouble to research what forms of alternative energy and power was being investigated. I was involved in solar power and was interested to find if there were any electromagnetic tests and equipment being developed in the name of thrust. Many people had pondered the idea of ion drive units - the idea that ion particulate matter could be expelled in such a manner as to almost consume nothing, whilst delivering a means of thrust. But I found that it was by no means the only form of intrepid goings on in this new field - Breakthrough Propulsion Physics.
One of the more obvious arrangements for furthering our journey to the stars would see all launches take place from the moon in order to escape the practical limitations of earth's gravity. But no matter what we do, the barrier of distance will only be overcome with a drastic change to how we think about producing power.
Many names have been linked to the search for something called 'unity gain'. In such systems, the goal is to be able to extract power equal to that injected. There are even those compelling us to believe that they are getting over unity engines to work! Some of the more remarkable but true results have been obtained by individuals or small private concerns, but of course they will always lack the funding they need to do anything with any of their encouraging results.
Many fossil fuel replacements, considered a necessity to the search for renewable systems, have come and gone as more than just ideas. Some were outrageously good. One such device was a Hydrogen Generator, designed and built by one Francesco Pacheco. Of all the devices for burning hydrogen, this is the only one I ever heard of which actually created H2 on demand, removing the necessity to carry stores of a volatile liquid or gas! Of course, nothing ever came of it.
A whole group of people existed in the last century who were involved in all sorts of amazing revelations with regard to alternative energy use and the benefits to be explored. Most died unknown to the rest of us. But I intend to reveal to you over the next year, the stories relating to their work and any ongoing development as an adjunct to traversing the galaxy. It will prove to be enlightening to say the least!
Here is an excerpt from the one of the current studies into fossil fuel replacement.
The BingoFuel Reactor (*) uses ordinary tap water and low voltage electrical energy for producing a synthetic gas. A high temperature (3000-4000°C) plasma is generated underwater by an electrical arc between carbon electrodes. The BingoFuel Reactor produces a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen (COH2) and this gas can burn very cleanly in oxygen or air, and so it can be used as fuel for an internal combustion engine. When burned, COH2 produces carbon dioxide and water vapour, so it generates very little, if any, pollution to the environment.
“This gas burns cleanly, producing water vapour and only the amount of CO2 that was originally absorbed by the biological mass when it was growing in the ground. Contrast this with burning fossil fuels (oil and natural gas), which resurrect old buried carbon and add it to the atmosphere from ancient cemeteries in the ground. Instead, biomass gas burning recycles recently absorbed atmospheric carbon dioxide. The input energy is typically about a thousand watt-hours or about 3300 BTU to produce about 250 liters per hour of carbo-hydrogen (8.5 cubic feet per hour). With a heating value of over 500 BTU per cubic feet, the COH2 output energy exceeds 4000 BTU, often approaching 5000 BTU in high efficiency designs. Thus, this biomass gasification process has an overunity efficiency of about 125% to 150%. However, when the entire energetics of the system are accounted for, including the ultraviolet light radiation, heat loss, etc., estimates of 200% to 400% are reasonable.”
Document source: Future Energy Technologies by Thomas Valone
Eisen, J. 1999, Avery, Suppressed Inventions.
Electronic resource: Jean Louis Naudin Labs. The Search for Overunity.