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NASA Breakthrough Propulsion Physics ProgramIn 1996, NASA established the Breakthrough Propulsion Physics program to seek the ultimate breakthroughs in space transportation: propulsion that requires no propellant mass, propulsion that attains the maximum transit speeds physically possible, and breakthrough methods of energy production to power such devices. Topics of interest include experiments and theories regarding the coupling of gravity and electromagnetism, vacuum fluctuation energy, warp drives and worm-holes, and superluminal quantum effects. Because these propulsion goals are presumably far from fruition, a special emphasis is to identify affordable, near-term, and credible research that could make measurable progress toward these propulsion goals. The methods of the program and the results of the 1997 workshop are presented. This Breakthrough Propulsion Physics program, managed by Lewis Research Center, is one part of a comprehensive, long range Advanced Space Transportation Plan managed by Marshall Space Flight Center.
Document ID
19980201240
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Millis, Marc G. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1998
Subject Category
Physics (General)
Report/Patent Number
E-11231
NASA/TM-1998-208400
NAS 1.15:208400
Meeting Information
Realistic Near-Term Advanced Scientific Space Missions(Aosta)
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 953-74-40
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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