Field Propulsion System for Space Travel: Physics of Non-Conventional Propulsion Methods for Interstellar Travel


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Takaaki Musha

DOI: 10.2174/97816080527071110101
eISBN: 978-1-60805-270-7, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-60805-566-1



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Table of Contents

Foreword

- Pp. i

Mario J. Pinheiro

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Preface

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Acknowledgement

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Introduction: Travel to Space in 21st Century

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Conventional Propulsion Technologies

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Advanced Physics for Field Propulsion

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Field Propulsion Systems Based on the Advanced Physics

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Warp Navigation Methods for Interstellar Travel

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Other Exotic Theories and Propulsion Systems

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Conclusions

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References

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Bibliographies

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Appendices

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Index

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Foreword

The book entitled Field Propulsion System for Space Travel provides a comprehensive and modern view of the principles of field propulsion, a rapidly growing subject of research. This excellent book certainly serves as a textbook for propulsion courses and as a reference for researchers.

Both Authors were among a group of specialists at the Advanced Space Propulsion Investigation Committee (ASPIC) that was organized under the auspices of the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences in 1994. In March 1996, ASPIC issued a research report, published by the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences.

The committee addressed all kinds of non-chemical space propulsion systems such as electric propulsion, laser propulsion, nuclear propulsion and solar sail in order to allow space exploration beyond Solar System. Further, as an expletive space propulsion system, other forms of propulsion were also investigated, that is, field propulsion system which utilizes a strain on space, zero-point energy in a vacuum, electro-gravitic effect, non-Newtonian gravitic effect predicted from the Einstein Theory of Gravity, and the terrestrial magnetism.

These new areas of investigation, and the results obtained so far, are included in this book, allowing a rapid and progressive study that will contribute to the reader view of its impact in our future. The general plan of the book made the several chapters as independent as possible, to enable the reader to choose his own order of study, and an endeavor has been made to join to every concept the name of its author.

I strongly recommend the book to teachers, researchers on advanced propulsion concepts, engineers, and members of the general public who want to think and be challenged by attempts to picture and suggest the future of propulsion. Certainly, some of the ideas described in this book will, ultimately, guide human beings to boldly explore what lies beyond our Solar System.

Prof. Mario J. Pinheiro
Department of Physics and Institute Plasmas and Nuclear Fusion
Instituto Superior Tecnico
Portugal


Preface

At the present stage of space propulsion technology, the only practical propulsion system is chemical propulsion system, which is based on the expulsion of a mass to induce a momentum thrust. Since the maximum speed is limited by the product of the gas effective exhaust velocity and the natural logarithm of mass ratio, its speed is too slow for the spaceship to achieve the interplanetary travel and interstellar travel. Thus, the breakthrough of propulsion method has been required until now. Instead of conventional chemical propulsion systems, field propulsion systems, which are based on the General Relativity Theory, the Quantum Field Theory and other exotic theories, have been proposed by many researchers to overcome the speed limit of the conventional space rocket. Field propulsion system is the concept of propulsion theory of spaceship not based on usual momentum thrust but based on momentum derived from an interaction of the spaceship with external fields (i.e. pressure thrust). Field propulsion system is propelled without mass expulsion. The propulsive force as a pressure thrust arises from the interaction of space-time around the spaceship and the spaceship itself; the spaceship is propelled against space-time structure.

The new propulsion physics for such means may or may not be discovered in the future. The space propulsion science behind such notions as warp drive and gravity-control is examined to show the connections between the known, the anomalies, and the visions; the physical range from means using the presently accepted physical paradigm to other more speculative means using "frontier physics". However, if new propulsion physics is discovered, a new class of technologies would result, revolutionizing spaceflight and enabling humanity to reach other habitable planets.

As is well known at present, it is impossible by utilizing existing technologies to reach the outer rim of the solar system. For the purpose to explore concepts that could someday enable interstellar travel, a radically advanced space propulsion concept as field propulsion that rely on physics outside the present paradigms must emerge in the near future. All such schemes are based on momentum derived from an interaction of the spaceship with external fields in order to satisfy conservation of momentum.

Throughout this book, we have discussed an overview of field propulsion system for the purpose of manned space flight such as interplanetary travel and interstellar travel, which cannot be achieved by the conventional chemical propulsion system.

In the future, mankind will reach for another solar system by utilizing field propulsion system which will be realized someday.

Although many kinds of field propulsion theories are introduced in this book, it should be appreciated, that the theories have not been yet to verify as correct; therefore they are only ideas. However, seeds in great variety are sowed for the future.

We wish this book will present good advice for the researchers and students to make further researches on the field propulsion system.

We sincerely wish to thank cooperators, who are good friends as well as colleagues, for all the hard work they put into this book.

Yoshinari Minami
Advanced Science-Technology Research Organization
Japan

Takaaki Musha
Technical Research & Development Institute, MOD
Japan

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Editor(s):
Takaaki Musha
Technical Research & Development Institute, MOD
Japan




Co-Editor(s):
Yoshinari Minami
Advanced Science-Technology Research Organization
Japan




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