Emdrive News: Is Military Secretly Testing Emdrive In Space On The Mysterious Air Force X-37B Spacecraft?

Daniel Ketchum

In recent Emdrive news, many people are speculating as to whether the United States military is secretly testing the Emdrive in space on board the Air Force's mysterious X-37B spacecraft. Prior to this, it had been guessed by a number of outlets that the Chinese might be testing their own version of the Emdrive on their newly minted space station, but this is the first time it's been speculated that the United States has a similar secretive Emdrive research program.

According to Newton's laws of motion, what's occurring should be patently impossible. In fact, most scientists around the world still believe that it is impossible. Nevertheless, evidence – including a peer-reviewed paper – keeps piling up to suggest that something strange – no one is quite sure what – is going on.

If the Emdrive turns out to work as advertised, it would allow spacecraft to travel much faster and much further than they ever have before. The ability to maintain a constant thrust throughout a flight and the elimination of the necessity to carry fuel to produce that thrust could result in a new Age of Exploration – except this time it would be in space.

For example, a Mars bound manned spacecraft could – using conventional rockets – be expected to take six months or more to get to the red planet. But an Emdrive powered ship could make it to Mars in 70 days – perhaps less.

The assumption by experts has been that the Air Force is using this vehicle as an advanced deployable satellite surveillance system. In this scenario, the X-37B would be photographing or otherwise recording the facilities, activities, and movements of potential United States adversaries.

According to the latest Emdrive news – or rumors depending on who you're asking – from Next Big Future, the United States government has been secretly testing an Emdrive propulsion system onboard the X-37B – possibly for years. Supposedly, this work is being carried out under the cover of testing an entirely different – and much less significant – kind of propulsion known as a Hall thruster.

If this is true, it could mean that the X-37B actually has deep space capability. Instead of simply staying in orbit for hundreds of days at a time, a functioning Emdrive on the X-37B would allow the spacecraft to leave Earth orbit for the moon or even somewhere further away. If confirmed, this particular piece of Emdrive news would have staggering implications – both for the United States manned space program and future military activity in space.

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