ADVANCED SPACE CONCEPTS
The space concepts page is a carry over from my original web pages, when I placed some of my mad and not so mad space ideas on a web page for some fellow space industry colleagues to look at.
The areas I have looked at have included zero point energy drives, quantum tunneling drives, diametric drives, disjunction drives, Alcubierre Warp drives, Krasnikov Tubes and a few that are, if at all possibly, even more speculative. It is certainly a fascinating area to investigate, and given boundaries are there to be pushed, I think it is important that more people investigate these areas of future possible space transportation.
Zero Point Energy Drive
I did some work on an esoteric concept which examines the use of harnessing zero point energy via the Casimir effect, for a spacecraft propulsion system. Currently, practical rocket propulsion work I am involved with has got in the way of further progress on this.
Quantum Tunnelling Drive
A concept in which a propulsion system based on quantum tunnelling is postulated. This really was very speculative, and I need to sit down and spend some more time on this when I get chance. As with the previous concept, currently, practical rocket propulsion work I am involved with has got in the way of further progress on this.
For more details on some of the fascinating concepts that have been proposed for speculative space propulsion, the September 2008 issue of the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society (JBIS) is devoted to breakthrough physics propulsion concepts for space transportation.
The British Interplanetary Society has a long history of pushing boundaries in terms of space concepts, and it is very encouraging to see their support for this area of research.