HUNTSVILLE, Ala., - For every action, there is a reaction: that is the principle on which all space rockets operate, blasting propellant in one direction to travel in the other. But one NASA engineer believes he could take us to the stars without any propellant at all. Designed by David Burns at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, the “helical engine” exploits mass-altering effects known to occur at near-light speed. Burns has posted a paper describing the concept to NASA’s technical reports server, writes Jon Cartwright for NewScientist.com. Read more: Continue reading original article
The Intelligent Aerospace take:
October 14, 2019-David Burns' "helical engine" is a novel one. By utilizing Einstein's theory of special relativity, which states that objects gain mass as they approach the speed of light, Burns' design could cause forward motion without traditional propellants by having "action" exceed "reaction" in a frictionless environment due to approaching light speed.
“I’m comfortable with throwing it out there,” Burns says to The New Scientist. “If someone says it doesn’t work, I’ll be the first to say, it was worth a shot...“I know that it risks being right up there with the EM drive and cold fusion. But you have to be prepared to be embarrassed. It is very difficult to invent something that is new under the sun and actually works.”
Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor