Permanent Human Settlement of the Earth, Space and Ocean Frontiers

Monday, February 20, 2006

Antigravity - Part II

Before we can engage this discussion, we must first define what it is we are talking about. What is an antigravity machine? It is any mechanical or electrical device that can rise against the pull of gravity. That’s it. If you can build a machine that can rise against the pull of gravity, you have just invented an antigravity machine. Further, if you can demonstrate it, then you have succeeded, by definition! So, grab an ink pen with a clickable, spring loaded barrel and pull down against the spring and sit it on a table top, then let it go. What happens? The spring inside will cause the ink pen to leap off the table. Now – let’s slow time down and look at what occurred. The ink pen leapt off the table top with some acceleration greater than 9.8 m/s/s. How do I know that? If it did not have that degree of acceleration, it would not have leapt off the table top – it would not have been able to. It then began to rise up toward space. Then it slowed and began to fall back. What happened? It’s acceleration was only momentary, then it lost ground because gravity is not momentary but constant. Once the energy of the pen was lost to the relentless acceleration of gravity, it began to slow, then stop, then fall back down. Another example is your body. You can easily jump in the air against gravity. That makes your body and antigravity machine, as well, by our definition. ANY object that rises against the pull of gravity is an antigravity machine.

A really good example is a chemical rocket. It rises against gravity’s pull all the way into space (on most occasions). It, again, fits our definition of an antigravity machine because of what it does.

So the antigravity machine is really not that exotic, since even you are an antigravity machine! The question that we need to ask ourselves is certainly not whether such a device is possible, because clearly it is and there are many examples. But it is rather, are there other forms we are not familiar with yet? Can there be a machine that can rise against gravity’s pull that is not a chemical rocket – which is the only form we are familiar with that can actually travel into space?

H. G. Wells speculated about a metal called cavorite that simply repelled gravity. Others have speculated about various arrangements of electromagnetic fields – but no effect we currently understand actually interacts with gravity. I would suggest that everyone is looking under the wrong rocks! Since we already understand the principle of antigravity so well because of Einstein’s ‘Principle of Equivalence’, then it would seem that a device that would continuously work against gravity’s pull is a matter of finding that device that does not need a table top or a floor to push against, but one that can pull against gravity itself by using the elementary ideas found principle of equivalence. That has been attempted numerous times, but it has been called the “bootstrap effect”, or the physical likeness of pulling oneself up by their own bootstraps. Nonetheless, I am a firm believer that F=MA and than A=F/M, therefore, the clever scientist can make it work in the end. It’s not really a bootstrap effect, but more a state of mind: stop believing science and the “we can’t” mantra and start believing in the ultimate creativity of mankind that has often taken that essential step beyond “we can’t” to “here it is.” Take the heaver than air flying machine. That, too was a silly pipe dream. The scientists of that day called that a “bootstrap effect”. Big science was laughing their butts off at the silly dreamers trying the impossible. It took a pair of bicycle salesman to prove them all wrong in the end – as it will in the case of the Gravitational Drive. It's not at a matter of faith in the idea - it is a matter of faith in the capacity of mankind to understand creatively and think one step ahead of the smugness of science and everyone else who should know better than to scoff at tomorrow's reality.