NASA’s EM Drive Takes a Step Forward

NASA has an experimental engine that has huge potential for space exploration. In November of 2016, it took it’s next step forward by passing peer review. Whether it’s a step, shuffle, or leap remains to be seen.

The EM Drive is amazing because it appears to violate the fundamental laws of physics by creating thrust when there should not be any. Some enthusiasts point out that the drive’s efficiency could get a spacecraft to Mars in as little as 70 days.

Forbes does provide an appreciated disclaimer to the hype, “It’s important to note that passing peer review means that experts have found the methodology of the experiments reasonable.” In other words, peers have reviewed the overview of the experiment’s setup and results. That’s it. It doesn’t mean that the engine will be integrated into NASA spacecraft next year, or even that it is a 100% viable system. It only illustrates to others that the steps taken into understanding and hopefully building out this technological marvel are serious.

There is still lots of criticism and commentary on both sides. Read more at the links below: