Advanced Space Propulsion Based on Vacuum (Spacetime Metirc) Engineering

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H. Puthoff (2010), JBIS, 63, 82-89

Refcode: 2010.63.82
Keywords: Space propulsion, metric engineering, spacetime alteration, warp drives, wormholes, polarizable vacuum

A theme that has come to the fore in advanced planning for long-range space exploration is the concept that empty space itself (the quantum vacuum, or spacetime metric) might be engineered so as to provide energy/thrust for future space vehicles. Although far-reaching, such a proposal is solidly grounded in modern physical theory, and therefore the possibility that matter/ vacuum interactions might be engineered for space-flight applications is not a priori ruled out [1]. As examples, the current development of theoretical physics addresses such topics as warp drives, traversable wormholes and time machines that provide for such vacuum engineering possibilities [2-6]. We provide here from a broad perspective the physics and correlates/ consequences of the engineering of the spacetime metric.

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