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Gravity research gets off the ground
Such devices would shield planes from the Earth's pull
A leading UK company is challenging what we understand to be the fundamental laws of
The military wing of the hi-tech group BAe Systems, formerly British Aerospace, has
confirmed it has launched an anti-gravity research programme.
It hopes that Project Greenglow will draw scientists from different backgrounds to work on
future technologies that will have echoes of the propellantless propulsion systems being
investigated by Nasa's Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Program.
If any of the work is successful, it could lead to dramatic developments in the way we
travel - anti-gravity devices could make it much easier for aeroplanes, spacecraft and
even the next generation of cars to get off the ground.
In 1996, the experiments of a Russian scientist were jeered at by the physics world.
Writing in the journal Physica C, Dr Yevgeny Podkletnov claimed that a spinning,
superconducting disc lost some of its weight. And, in an unpublished paper on the weak
gravitation shielding properties of a superconductor, he argued that such a disc lost as
much as 2% of its weight.
However, most scientists believe that such anti-gravity research is fundamentally flawed.
It goes against what we know about the physical Universe and is therefore impossible, they
"I find it rather peculiar that they've done this," said Bob Park from the
American Physical Society, in reaction to the BAe Systems admission. "One can only
conclude that at the higher levels of these organisations there are people who don't have
a very sound grounding in fundamental physics.
"You can invest a little money in far-out projects if they have some chance of
success - it's called Pascal's Wager. In this case, most scientists would say there is
zero chance of success."
Nonetheless, this view will not stop anti-gravity devices from continuing to be a popular
feature of science fiction and the inspiration for countless websites.