Introduction presents the electromagnetic pulse motor or EPM. The EPM can propel almost any kind of vehicle. For instance it can be fitted in and propel a car, airplane or hovercraft. But its most revolutionary capability: It might be able to move a spaceship at the speed of light.

Electromagnetic pulse motor

As the diagram below shows, it is a very simple device.

Flowchart Electromagnetic Pulse Engine

It consist of two electromagnets (1 + 2) which are fitted in one line. Two solid-state switches (3 + 4) control one electromagnet each. The control unit (5) manages the solid-state switches and monitors temperature, power etc. The power source (6): batteries or fuel cells + bio fuel generator.

How it works

Imagine a car equipped with an EPM. In order to move it in the direction of the arrow, solid-state switch #3 switches on electromagnet #1.

Next electromagnet #2 is switched on and off (up to 400,000 times per second) by solid state switch #4, and because the like poles are facing each other, electromagnet #2 will try to repel electromagnet #1 and by doing so, move the car forward.

In order for this to work, the magnetic field of electromagnet #2 probably needs to be stronger than the magnetic field of electromagnet #1.

Suppose the car moves forward 1 mm every time electromagnet #2 switches on. If electromagnet #2 switches on 100,000 times per second, the car will travel 100 meter in just 1 second.

This equals a speed of 360 km/h and acceleration of approximately 10 G. The peak acceleration of an Apollo rocket during launch is approximately 8 G!

Space travel

An acceleration of 10 G is quite fast. Unfortunately, humans can endure this kind of acceleration only for a relatively short period. Many experts think therefore that for travelling in space an acceleration 1 G or 9.8 m/s² is more realistic.

It would allow the crew aboard the spacecraft to live under same gravity conditions as on Earth and it also would save some energy. The EPM would only have to switch on 10,000 times per second to achieve 1 G acceleration.

However, is 1 G not to slow for travelling in space? Not really, as Stanton Friedman explains on his website, it would take a spacecraft travelling at 1G approximately one year to approach the speed of light.

Einstein a partyboomer?

Travelling at the speed of light might be great fun but according to Einstein's special theory of relativity, any object that has mass cannot accelerate to the speed of light. This sometimes called the light barrier.

When an object is approaching the speed of light, the relativistic mass of this object becomes so large that even using all the available energy in the universe will not be enough to accelerate this object to the speed of light.

Unmanned test flight

Almost all physicists accept the light barrier theory. Therefore, instead of sending humans on a dangerous and very long trip, it is wiser to send an unmanned spacecraft to find out whether or not the light barrier exists.

Besides the advantage of keeping humans out of harm’s way, unmanned space travel is cheaper and since there are no humans aboard, the spacecraft can travel at maximum speed

Speed of light

In the "How it works" section electromagnet #2 switched on 100,000 times per second and moves the car 1mm forward with every pulse. The car accelerated to 360 kmh in 1 second.

Since there is very little atmospheric and gravitational friction in space, the EPM should be able to move the spacecraft 1 cm with every pulse. Assuming off course the spacecraft has the same mass as the car, and the electromagnetic pulse has the same power the one that propelled the car 1 mm with every pulse.

In the car example the solid state switched on 100,000 times per second, but a solid state switch is capable of switching on 400,000 times per second.

If the solid state switch turns electromagnet #2 on 400,000 times per second and the spacecraft moves 1 cm forward with every electromagnetic pulse, the spacecraft could accelerate to the speed of light in just under 21 hours!
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