We have all heard of rockets. Even bush-persons living in a manner barely above the loin cloth level of indigenous subsistence often have firsthand experiences with rockets, sadly even with first hand possession and usage of advanced rocket propelled grenades in tribal conflicts. All of us have seen the beautiful launches of the Saturn V rockets and later, the Space Shuttles. We see images of drones firing Hell-Fire missiles on a regular basis such as from Predator and Reaper unmanned drones. We even see rockets for celebration, which here in the States, is usually on July 4, beginning at about 9:30 PM.
However, relatively few persons know the difference between an ion rocket and a chemical combustion rocket. Even fewer persons are aware of the concept of a fission rocket or a fusion rocket. Most folks will likely believe that a matter-antimatter rocket has something to do with Star Trek and Warp Drive when in actuality, such rockets are simply forms of reactionary propulsion that operate on analogous principles to the rockets we see on a daily basis such as in news reports of the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.
Among physicists, relatively few will have taken the time to contemplate neutrino rockets, and even fewer will have gone the further step of contemplating gravitational wave or gravitational radiation rockets. Ah! Gravitational Rockets! A General relativistic form of good old fashioned rocketry! The latter is the subject of this post.To read more, click here.
"This will not work for several reasons. The effect is too weak. It's still a rocket with g-force and time-dilation. It's not warp drive and, therefore, not good enough to get us to the stars." - Jack Sarfatti