Dave’s lifelong passion for tinkering, knowledge of RF and Microwave design combined with reading and watching anything to do with outer space as a youngster, led him to design, build and test his own EmDrive in 2015. His initial experiments led to an observation of weight-equivalent force of just a few snowflakes. Convinced he had actually seen reactionless mass propulsion using nothing but RF energy, the following Fall and Winter, he redesigned a second generation EmDrive with the goal of increasing the observed force by a factor of 100. That was to be an extreme challenge. The results of this redesign have already made the rounds in the small circle of EmDrive experimenters from around the world. Now it is time to reveal the details to the public for the first time via the program that first followed Dave’s work in near its inception in 2015: The Other Side of Midnight. The world changed on August 25th, 2016 and only a few people knew about it at the time.
Something beckoned me to begin reading every book I could about space exploration even as a little kid. I recall getting something called The Encyclopedia Yearbook which had the year’s important stories. I was always drawn to the space exploration articles. In 1966 when Star Trek first appeared, I was drawn to it like moths to a fire. I began to build model rockets, begged for a cheap telescope and was finally rewarded with one. I spent hours on end on cold fall and winter nights simply pointing it at every object in the sky I could find. I had dreams of what was really out there and how I could become part of it. Men went to the moon just about the time I discovered girls and the girls won.
Afterwards, life happened. My career took me into Electronics while I raised my family. All the while, space kept calling me yet…I gave it no time. Then in 2014 an old fashion local Newspaper changed my focus. Here in Cleveland, Dr Harold White of Nasa announced that he had been working on something he called the Q-Thruster. Basically, an RF cavity the invoked quantum interactions and moved without expending fuel.
No way, I thought. Then I read and researched more. I was hooked. The little design information I could find told me that none of the technology was new to me, in fact I’d been around it for 35 plus years. “I can build one of those” I thought to myself, so for nearly a year, I researched, studied, asked questions on nasaspaceflight.com‘s emdrive forum and build my first working emdrive in the summer of 2015.
That Fall, I tested the unit at home and observed what NASA and other designers had reported. Motion without the use of expended propellant. Although the force was small, I immediately recognized the potential use for the emdrive: the exploration of deep space; humanity’s chance to visit the cosmos and guarantee that we will not go extinct on this planet on which we were born. The possibilities were mind numbing.
In 2016, with the help of many regular people who donated to my project, Phase II or NSF-1701A was tested. My goal was to build a more robust mechanical design that provides 100 times the force of what I observed last year. The results of this redesign have already made the rounds in the small circle of EmDrive experimenters from around the world. Now it is time to reveal the details to the public for the first time via the program that first followed Dave’s work in near its inception in 2015: The Other Side of Midnight. The world changed on August 25th, 2016 and only a few people knew about it at the time.
5. This is a slide that first confirmed a significant increase in the force of my 2nd generation EmDrive. The test was completed on June 4, 2016. The red bars indicate when the RF Energy is turned on and the resulting deflection of the Laser Displacement Sensor.