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Old 06-01-2018, 05:31 AM
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Basically the latest tests have shown thrust in the same direction even when they flipped the drive around, leading to the belief measurements of thrust are related to the orientation to the earths magnetic field and aren't being produced by the drive at all. I should ad that the rig they did this in was pretty complex, not only did it have gimbals to move the drive while under vacuum, they then physically flipped the drive on the platform and did all the tests again.
Good to hear. I've suspected this for a while. You can generate (neglgible) thrust in orbit just by carrying along a magnet, after all. Though I'm uncertain what the mechanism is here, since their testbed is not moving relative to earth's magnetic field.
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From what I understand the measured thrust was so small that they think even with shielding that it's being induced in the systems wiring and equipment by the magnetic field.
Which also doesn't look good for the drive even if it works, that it produces so little thrust that induced currents in shielded equipment could still produce enough noise to eliminate any measured thrust.
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