I'm Hyper for Hyperspace!
It is in man's nature to explore. And the infinite vastness of space has always been the crown jewel of that exploration. Sure we've hobbled to the moon, sent robots to Mars, and even had probes out to the edges of our solar system. Those are no small accomplishments by any means. But until recently, really reaching out across great distances has been little more than a pipe dream. That all might be about to change.
Recently a pair of European scientists have resurrected the theories of Burkhard Heim, who's "theory of everything" confronts physicist's current understanding of the universe. It never caught on with mainstream scientists, and has often been ignored or not taken seriously due to it's lack of peer review and multi-language translations. But there is something to Heim Theory. Heim Theory predicted the masses of sub atomic particles, before we had the means to measure them. And low and behold, upon investigations, Heim's numbers are closer than those of any other established quantum model. In other words he was right.
Now, what does this have to do with light speed and warp drive and hyperspace?
One of Heim's proposals for the use of his theory was the construction of a ship that could break the "light barrier" so to speak. Through the use of unimaginably strong magnetic fields and rotating rings, Heim calculated that it was possible for a ship to enter a multidimensional space where the speed of light and other natural constants would be different... Hyperspace. Allowing travel to mars in less time than it would take to watch the original cut of Gone with the Wind. We could make a round trip voyage to Alpha Centauri, leaving our own solar system behind entirely, faster than Phileas Fogg traveled around the world. But despite the grandeur of this idea, it lied fallow for years.
Enter the two gentlemen from Europe. Austria's Walter Drocher and Germany's Jochem Hauser have breathed new life into Heim Theory. They reintroduced two additional dimensions to Heim's model, pinned down the existence of an anti gravity force, and worked out the details of Heim's proposed hyperspace propulsion. Their recently published paper entitled "Guidelines for a space propulsion device based on Heim's quantum theory" won the The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautic's “The Future Flight” award. Now there is a new buzz regarding Heim theory among mainstream scientists.
There are many ways to validate Heim-Drocher-Hauser's proposal. One of which will be to find a so called "neutral electron". That is an electron that lacks the typical negative charge. But the real test would be a real world experiment involving massive magnetic fields, which up until now has been impossible. The last piece of the puzzle may be Sandia National Laboratories Z Accelerator. Z Machine to it's friends. The Z machine has made scientific headlines lately when it produced plasma at temperatures in excess of two billion degrees Kelvin, hotter than the heart of the hottest star. Roger Lenard, a researcher at Sandia believes that their Z machine may be able to generate powerful enough magnetic fields to test the hyperspace theory. And he has said that he would be interested in trying the experiment at Sandia after a more discerning look at the mathematics behind it.
So set your google news alerts to "Z Machine" and "neutral electron". If hyperspace propulsion is proved possible, it will open a door to rest of the universe, changing the very destiny of mankind. Look for me on the first ship headed for Alpha Centari. I'll be the one sitting in coach grinning like an idiot. And I'll save you seat.
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