Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Arlington, VA, United States (4E) – British physicist Mike McCulloch has received a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to prove his controversial “quantized inertia (QI)” theory that might lead to better-performing EmDrive starship engines..
McCulloch said his quantized inertia theory suggests a new model for inertial mass that combines Special Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. He noted that QI predicts galaxy rotation without dark matter or adjustable parameters. It also predicts the EmDrive (or propellant-less propulsion), a technology that seemingly violates fundamental physical laws.
“Uhler radiation is a kind of radiation that you see when you accelerate,” said McCulloch, a professor of physics at the University of Plymouth in England. “When you accelerate, a horizon radiation appears behind you, and the radiation emanates from this horizon the way Hawking radiation is emitted by the horizon of a black hole.”
“One definition of quantized inertia is that the force we know as inertia is caused by a gradient in this Uhler radiation,” he said.
DARPA, however, is more interested in the practical application of McCulloch’s QI theory. It wants to develop an improved version the EmDrive engine so this can be used to power U.S. spacecraft.
EmDrive is the highly controversial space propulsion technology that can allegedly move a spacecraft in violation of accepted laws of physics. It’s best described as an electromagnetic thruster that uses no reaction mass and emits no directional radiation.
Critics of the EmDrive contend the design principles of this machine aren’t supported by prevailing scientific theories and violate the law of conservation of momentum.
In previously published papers, McCulloch has used his quantized inertia theory to explain the thrust achieved by the EmDrive. “I believe that the EmDrive is a manifestation of quantized inertia,” said McCulloch.
He said a different set of experiments may produce more powerful QI-powered thrusts. After 18 months of theory-building, the DARPA grant will help fund experimental teams in Germany and Spain, which will build a pair of thrust-producing experiments.
“One such experiment is a shielded laser loop, and another uses asymmetrical mirrors and laser light,” said McCulloch.
If the experiments succeed, as predicted by McCulloch’s theory, researchers will look for ways to enhance the thrusts.
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