Phase Displacement Space Drive

Author: “Douglas” M. Ferreira Palte

1. Presentation

Propulsion in space occurs generally by expelling reaction mass, in which propellant efficiency increases with exhaust velocity. However, the wasted power increases with the square of exhaust velocity, concluding that most of the energy goes away with the exhausting mass.

The Phase Displacement Space Drive is an enhanced version of the Electrodynamic Space Thruster. Both systems were designed to produce propulsive force in the outer space, using phase-shifted electric oscillations, without infringing the classical laws of physics (action-reaction), in order to overcome inherent limits of the expelling-mass propulsion systems.

The Phase Displacement Space Drive uses two transmitter antennas, phased and 90°, and space-apart (nλ+ λ/4), producing attraction force, mediated by EM waves, between space and antenna at one extremity, and repulsion force at another extremity, generating net thrust force in an energy-efficient way.

And a lattice/matrix of Phase Displacement Space Drives, producing crisscrossing pattern of Phased Standing Waves, to generate a sequence of spinning waves for causing a FTL moving force, is that comprise its Relativistic Version in order to warp spacetime.

See also:  Phase-shift Plasma Turbine

1. Presentation
2. Description
3. Improvements and Efficiency
4. Relativistic
5. Videos
6. Bibliography

2. Description
Phase Displacement Space Drive - Waves

Even though electromagnetic waves have no mass, they still carry momentum in the direction of movement.

“radiation pressure, the pressure on a surface resulting from electromagnetic radiation that impinges on it, which results from the momentum carried by that radiation; radiation pressure is doubled if the radiation is reflected rather than absorbed.”   retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica

The Phase Displacement Space Drive is comprised by two transmitter antennas (A and B, left and right), spaced quarter wavelength apart (nλ+ λ/4), each emitting respectively and 90° phase-shifted waves. Starting from A, wave will face B with same-polarity (in-phase ), always repulsion force. On the other hand, starting from B, wave will face A with opposite-polarity (contra-phase 180°), always attraction force. Hence, the set of antennas will be displaced from left to right. Action-reaction will occur between the antennas and phase-shifted waves, and transversely between phase-shifted waves and the surrounding medium.

The impedance between antennas is high; hence higher RF voltage is required to convert electric power into thrust force.

3. Improvements and Efficiency

Directional antennas are used to concentrate radiation to form a beam in one specific direction. Hence, if using directional antennas, horn antennas, or parabolic antennas, facing each other, the energy-efficiency can go beyond 90%.

Not taking into account losses due to electromagnetic radiation:
1 g-force ≈ 10 m/s²
E=½mv² → E=½×1×(10)² → E = 50 J → E/t = 50J/s → P = 50W
It will be 50W/kg(50kW/tonne) @ 1 g-force(10 m/s²). Comparatively, even with heavy EM losses, it will be far more energy-efficient than any expelling-mass propulsion system which payload mass is 1% to 10% of the propellant mass.

4. Relativistic

In accordance with the Theory of Relativity, gravity and acceleration are equivalents, and both warp spacetime. And also, mass/energy cannot locally travel faster than the speed of light, but there is no prohibition in warping spacetime to make things appear faster than light. Spacetime itself has no restriction on the speed with which it can be stretched.

Relativistic Phase Displacement Space Drive
Acceleration/gravity warps spacetime, and force generates acceleration.
Hence, hypothetically, a FTL moving force can warp spacetime substantially in order to produce an opposing acceleration.

Two Innovative Concepts:
  1. FTL moving magnetic force, from a multiphase system, can be mathematically verifiable (f ≥ c/L):
    Rotating AC motor: v=2πrf (circular motion force)
    2πr = L
    Linear AC motor: v=Lf (straight-line motion force)
    v=c, c=Lf, f=c/L
    Hypothetically, FTL force if (f ≥ c/L)
    c= f λ
    (f ≥ c/L) → (c/λ ≥ c/L) → (L ≥ λ)

    e.g., Length of 5m: f ≥ (c/L) × p → f ≥ (3×10⁸/5) → f ≥ 60 MHz

  2. Two emitters, phased [0° 90°], and quarter-wave spaced (nλ+ ¼λ), can produce Standing Waves for generating attraction/repulsion, as previously described.
Using “The Better of Two Worlds”

Having two groups of Standing Waves: one group with emitters phased {[0° 90°] [90° 180°] [180° 270°] [270° 0°]}, quarter-wave spaced (nλ+ ¼λ), inclined ∠ 45°, crisscrossing another similar group, adjusting the bottom layer to be ¼λcos(45°) wider to align crossing region, and the Length of the crossing region to be greater than the wavelength(L ≥ λ).

Due to phase’s differences, a linear moving pattern of spinning waves is created, trying to run downward faster than light, which is to warp spacetime producing an astonishing upward acceleration, propelling a spacecraft, at least at subluminal speeds, in a more energy-efficient way than expelling-mass propulsion. Expected energy consumption, not taking into account EM losses, is 50W/kg(50kW/tonne) @ 1g-force(10 m/s²).

From this, Subluminal Warp Drives can be more technically feasible, bringing Superluminal Warp Drives some steps closer.

Phased Electrodynamic Thruster
See video: Relativistic Phase Displacement Space Drive - Warping Space Time with Phased Standing Waves

Note: Standing Wave can momentarily disappear because it is the result of superposition of two opposing waves.

Alternatively, a simplified warp drive can be implemented with an array of plates spaced-apart ≈¼λ feed with RF in quadrature [0° 90° 180° 270°] ≈ [λ ¼λ ½λ ¾λ] for sequential FTL phase variation (f ≥ c/L) → (L ≥ λ) in order to warp spacetime for generating thrust force in a more energy-efficient way than conventional expelling-mass rockets by interacting with spacetime and/or EM fields that permeate the universe. It is to work similarly to an AC linear induction motor (v=Lf), wherein each plate is out-of-phase with each other, for sequentially producing a sequenced FTL pattern of alternating oscillations, for consequently generating a linear thrust force due to interaction with spacetime. Expected energy consumption, not taking into account EM losses, is 50W/kg @ 1 g-force. It can be powered by solar panels, radioisotope (RTG), and aneutronic fusion reactor. It can be also employed as an alternative to conventional DC tethers, like a shorter phased AC tether more suitable to interact with the magnetosphere, generating thrust force to change orbital altitude of satellite and spacecrafts. By eliminating the need to launch large amounts of propellant into orbit, it can greatly reduce the cost of in-space propulsion.

See video: Phased Electrodynamic Thruster

5. Videos

6. Bibliography
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  11. Phase-shifted Electrodynamic Propulsion - Video (2010-11-28)
  12. “Douglas” M. Ferreira Palte (May 03, 2011) "Phase Displacement Space Drive - Brief Presentation"
  13. Miguel Alcubierre (Sep 2000) "The warp drive: hyper-fast travel within general relativity"
  14. Michaelm’s Theory "When Photons Collide" Retrieved 2011-05-26.
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  16. The Physics Hypertextbook "Standing Waves" Retrieved 2011-05-26.
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  19. “Douglas” M. Ferreira Palte (May 26, 2011) "Relativistic Phase Displacement Space Drive - Brief Presentation"

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