Conference D: Advanced Propulsion, Energy Conversion, and Communication Technologies

Cosmos Environment
Charles Suchomel- Chair Morgan Boardman- Co-chair

This Conference will examine advanced technology to support the above technical disciplines. The objective is to develop requisites for the necessary technologies dealing with the near-abroad with reference to propulsion, gravitational waves and gravitational models as well as space weather. Objectives will also include technologies to support the far-abroad within the solar system and distant galaxies. Other topics to consider will include approaches that may provide insights for advanced propulsion such as the unusual pulsar dynamics and the general character of the space environment. Other topics include mitigating the Near Earth Objects (NEO) originating from the Ort Cloud, the asteroid belt from Mars and Jupiter, and also from the Sun.

Analytical Assessments of Technologies
David Mathias- Chair Young Bae- Co-chair

This Conference focuses upon analysis used to support the technological disciplines that would contribute to improved NASA TRL standards. Participants will present studies to evaluate these technologies and indicate their potential for the future.

Experimental Assessments of Technologies
Young Bae- Chair Paul Murad- Co-chair

This session evaluates unusual experiments that are enigmas from the standpoint of conventional wisdom. Many of these are associated with superconductivity. For example, this includes the Podkletnov experiments as well as the recent work in Austria in cryogenics. In general experiments will be presented in which physical evidence challenges conventional wisdom and may support a paradigm shift.

Scientific Anomalies
Paul Murad- Chair Frank Mead-Co-Chair

We are looking beyond incremental improvements to existing technology with the objective of getting into space in an affordable, greener and more advanced way.  We need to examine both fringe and mainstream thinking.  Some imaginative experiments have produced anomalous results that appear to contradict the current paradigm. One Russian approach utilizes a rotating magnetic device. Another recent device exhibited changes in weight, both losses and gains that could not be accounted for under standard assumptions. These devices and at least some of the other magnetic-based inventions seem to act as transducers; the question arises as to whether they are tapping into the ZPE.

Other unconventional devices will be considered such as magnetic devices that were observed to levitate when an experimenter accidentally shorted the output. Other inventors claim a consistent COP greater than 1.0 and can use a version of this device to charge an electric car. These claims have some credibility based on contemporary observations by skilled engineers and could conceivably form the basis of advanced propulsion schemes.

Inventions are a form of art and the best ones feature a large intuitive component.  The inventor of the Magnetic Energy Converter mentioned above had a dream about a magnetic tornado and translated the image into a mechanical and electrical equivalent.  We need to seriously examine unconventional concepts and identify the solution paths to find results. This session will also include “interesting failures” and “interesting physical phenomena” that defy conventional assumptions.

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