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mk  ·  2319 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The 'impossible' EmDrive Thruster has received its first peer-reviewed paper

I'm in a similar boat. It is possible that we are missing something. Yes, it could be cold fusion all over again; but at the very least, it's on track to be tested thoroughly enough to be proved or disproved.

As long as we are talking about fundamentally updating physics, it'd be hilarious if we determine it works, but don't know how, then take it up in space, only to find that this weird effect is dependent upon the local gravitational field.

cgod  ·  2319 days ago  ·  link  ·  

If there is a five percent chance that it's real then they need to get one of these things in the heavens to give it a whirl. Even if it's nothing, sending it up there to find out would save a lot of experimental effort to replicate the results on earth and save a bunch of hand wringing on science blogs.

DJWalnut  ·  2316 days ago  ·  link  ·  

you could put one on a cubesat and try that, but that's still a lot of money, especially once you factor in the force measurement equipment.

DJWalnut  ·  2316 days ago  ·  link  ·  
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