The Engine That Can Take Us to Mars in 2 Weeks

If there was ever a law breaking scientist bad-boy Guido Fetta and Roger Shawyer, would be such bad mama-jammas that they would break the laws of physics. Actually, that’s exactly what they did. Both Fetta and Shawyer created what has been coined the ‘Impossible Engine’ because it goes against the law of the conservation of momentum. I’ll try to keep this as simple as possible because: One I’m not a Physicist and two: I’m not a Physicist.

Phsyics and Goats

The law of the conservation of momentum states that in an isolated system, meaning no other force is applied….oh screw it, you know how when you hit a pool ball softly and the static ball starts to move while the moving ball slows down but keeps rolling? That’s because the momentum in the system is equal, and the momentum should be the same. Man, that’s not clear enough either. Ok, say that you have a budget of 12 dollars, Euros or goats. No matter how many denominations you break it down into you still have 12 dollars/euro/goats. Now, imagine that with momentum, unless someone gives you 1 dollar/euro/goat more your 12 dollars/euros/goats amount won’t change.

But then the leather clad bad boy Physicists walk in, with their studded pocket-protectors and chromed out scientific calculators and say: “No, listen just shine some light on those 12 dollars/euros/goats and you’ll have more dollars/euros/goats.” But in this case you need to bounce microwaves around a closed container using solar-generated electricity. Alright, so what does this mean?

It means that a 165.000 pound space shuttle wouldn’t have to carry around 20 times its weight in fuel, and it could be perpetually fuelled (by the Sun) until it had a mechanical failure. It also means that a trip to Mars that could take up to 3 months could possibly only take a couple of weeks.

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