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Anti-Gravity Repulsers a Reality?

Posted 9 Sep 2003 at 02:49 UTC by The Swirling Brain Share This

OK, well, sort of off topic, and not really robots, but perhaps it could be used for robotics, or something? Anyway, for your amusement and mine... I saw this article on and was amused that it mentions that the U.S. government has developed repulsor technology like that used in the Star Wars speeder. The work is based on a Russian scientist named Dr Evgeny Podkletnov who created a 4 inch superconducting spinning disk which is said to shield gravity and make anything above it be 2% lighter. Perhaps this technology could be used for making things float (repulsor technology), or as a weapon to shoot gravity (or anti-gravity) at someone (ouch)! Although, this is controversial and improbable, it seems that Janes reports that this Anti-gravity propulsion comes `out of the closet' and that Nasa, and Boeing, and Lockeed and others are all experimenting with it. Of course this is all 'black world' stuff so it's all hush hush, but who knows, we may just see all those flying saucers that have been hovering over Area 51 soon! Do a google search on 'Podkletnov' for more info on anti-gravity devices! I doubt it's true, but if it is, this would definitely revolutionize, aviation, robotics, etc.!

Ion engines, posted 9 Sep 2003 at 06:17 UTC by motters » (Master)

I'm not sure that these things are actually anti-gravity devices. They're more like ion engines.

Humm..., posted 9 Sep 2003 at 11:37 UTC by earlwb » (Master)

How would you be able to measure the fact that a object lost 2% of it's weight when placed above a 4 inch spinning supercondunctor disk? That's got me curious.

rather controversial stuff, posted 10 Sep 2003 at 07:19 UTC by NateW » (Master)

It will be interesting to see the results. There are respected people in the science community who think this stuff is pure bullshit, up there with perpetual motion, and that NASA is throwing away money with this project. I'm guessing it's just going to turn out to be a very expensive hoax debunking, but we'll see.

One of a number of "weird" effects, posted 12 Sep 2003 at 18:43 UTC by Chuck McM. » (Master)

The original experiments were un-reproducible, however since that time a couple of labs have observed "anomalous" results when measuring the gravitational constant above a spinning (and charged) superconductor. There was a brief write-up in science news about this as well.

Basically it has more experimental support than cold fusion, but not much :-)

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