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In looking into advanced energy propulsion systems, IAI finds it surprising that commercial free energy programs have not really emerged – maybe excepting what we know about Elon Musk’s Mars Mission and Jeff Bezos’ planet settlement programs. Musk, the CEO of SpaceX (and Tesla Motors), has said he wants to “live and die on Mars, just not on impact” and SpaceX won a contract from NASA to carry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station as soon as next year. CNN points out that Musk started “SpaceX with a Mars mission in mind, and he has forecast that the company will achieve its first unmanned mission to Mars within two years, and its first manned mission by 2025.” One examination of “private spaceflight” quipped that Bezos won a trip to Marshall Space Flight Center by writing an essay on the “microgravity of flies” and has talked enthusiastically about space colonization on par with physicist Gerard O’Neill. Bezos’ Blue Origin space tourism company was founded in 2000 in a Kent, WA NASA parts facility and is promising to launch private spaceflights in 2017 and is building engines for other launch firms to reduce reliance on Russian-supplied engines.
An interesting book was released in 2013 called”NASA at 50: Interviews with NASA’s Senior Leadership.” But, there are other sources “less scrubbed”…To put these efforts in an historical context, Dr. Steven Greer’s Disclosure Project has collected a large number of documents about the “secret” space program that emerged post World War II. Anyone interested in history knows about Operation Paperclip during which the U.S. military extracted a number of Nazi engineers including the famous Werner von Braun who led the NASA precursor to develop the heavy lift Saturn rocket which was the workhorse of the Apollo space program. But, wait, there was a LOT more:
The majority of the scientists, numbering almost 500, were deployed at White Sands Proving Ground, New Mexico, Fort Bliss, Texas and Huntsville, Alabama to work on guided missile and ballistic missile technology. This in turn led to the foundation of NASA and the US ICBM program. Much of the information surrounding Operation Paperclip is still classified. Separate from Paperclip was an even-more-secret effort to capture German nuclear secrets, equipment and personnel (Operation Alsos)-started in fall 1943 as the precursor to The Manhattan Project). Another American project (Operation TICOM) gathered German experts in cryptography. The United States Bureau of Mines employed seven German synthetic fuel scientists in a Fischer-Tropsch chemical plant in Louisiana, Missouri in 1946 (Operation LUSTY).
TICOM’s original documents have been usefully captured by Scribd. And, of course, another project critical to post-war aeronautics programs in the UK was spawned by Nazi scientists was called Operation Surgeon, declassified in 2006.
Andrew Johnson conducted a series of interviews in 2014 with advanced military engineer Edgar Fouche who work in the DOD and intelligence agencies from the early ’60s to mid ’90s at Edwards Air Force Base in California and Groom Lake, Nevada (aka Area 51) and other facilities as a project remedy lead. Johnson also includes an extended interview dating from 1998 in which Fouche discussed “quasi-crystals” – the power source behind the TR3B nuclear interstellar platform in 1998- 13 years before Dr. Dan Shechtman won the Nobel Prize in 2011 for “discovering” them. Dan Shechtman is the Philip Tobias Professor of Materials Science at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, an Associate of the US Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, and Professor of Materials Science at Iowa State University. In an April, 2013 education profile of the Technion, the New York Times detailed:
Conceived by the Zionist Congress in 1905, in part as a response to the exclusion of Jews from engineering studies in Europe, the Technion finally opened in 1923, when there were no Hebrew words for most of the technical terms needed to teach a basic engineering class. Since then, the university has come up with more than just translations for “aerodynamic” and “nuclear.” “I can say without exaggeration that Israel could not have been built without the Technion,” says Yossi Vardi, who has founded or helped build more than 60 companies in Israel and has five degrees from the Technion.
Credited with discovering them in 1982, materials science has been rocked by quasiperiodic crystals which are finally opening up opportunities for new applications including camouflage due to tunable photonic band gaps displayed by these crystals which are used in the Lockheed nuclear transatmospheric vehicles like the TR3B (recent video) which was first reported in flight in Belgium in 1990 (Mach 9 speed, 600′ diameter, 60K rotations/min, 250K atmospheres, mercury plasma reduces mass by 89%):
Basically, a quasicrystal is a crystalline structure that breaks the periodicity (meaning it has translational symmetry, or the ability to shift the crystal one unit cell without changing the pattern) of a normal crystal for an ordered, yet aperiodic arrangement. This means that quasicrystalline patterns will fill all available space, but in such a way that the pattern of its atomic arrangement never repeats. (University of Michigan chemical engineers Sharon) Glotzer and (Michael) Engel recently managed to simulate the most complex quasicrystal ever, a discovery which may revolutionize the field of crystallography by blowing open the door for a whole host of applications that were previously inconceivable outside of science-fiction, like making yourself invisible or shape-shifting robots.
Shlectman teaches a popular course called “Technological Entrepreneurship” at the Technion and the link points to a nice Technology Innovation Management Review of the TE literature since the early 1970s literature.
There’s a lot to explore here in future posts:
- Free energy (let’s start with the basics)
- Quasi-crystals (Professor Shechtman discusses them)
- X43A- Mach 10 vehicle (over 7000 mph)
- Private space travel (Bezo’s New Sheperd spacecraft featured)
- Moon “Far Side” bases and Mars bases (In Mr. Cooper’s 1989 lecture and affidavit, he states that the U.S had first landed on Mars on May 22, 1962 and that, by the time the U.S./NASA public space program landed on the moon in 1969, the U.S. already had a moon base there, since the mid-1950s.)
And I welcome reader’s suggestions…