ElectroMagnetic Reaction Drive

$10,335 of $20k goal

Raised by 123 people in 21 months
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Michelle Broyles  PINE, CO
Because I choose to dream.

I believe we are at a cusp of our growth on this ball of mud and if we don't evolve from this tiny seed called earth we may perish and never know the glorious heights that await us, or the true challenges of a universe that has no bounds. Yes, I dream, for humanity. -Michelle Broyles

Starting this project with over 40 years of engineering in hands on designing and hands on building everything from Computers, Electronics and Semiconductor machinery. I started and ran businesses in computers, and high precision semiconductor equipment. I hold patents in the areas of semiconductor processing equipment and anti-vibration technology.

In 2008 when big and small failed and markets dried up I closed my doors on my company and hung up the title of President & CEO. I decided to retire. Being retired is ok, some love it, but I find it lacking.

I discovered a way to do something good again, that fit my skills, to take what was a dream since childhood and make it a reality. I wanted to see us exploring the heavens and the our solar system, we have fallen short. Not because it's  easy, but because it's too hard. Here is our chance I believe to take that too hard and make it a reality to go where we dream. I'm building, testing and designing a Electromagnetic Reaction Drive or as it's called an EMDrive do just that and need a little help. 

I'm currently involved in the theories and where the real fun is, in the designing of the test equipment  on NASASpaceflight.com with the name of SeeShells http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=37642.0
 I'm also on Reddit as one of the builders http://www.reddit.com/r/emdrive.

I have a 2500 sq ft shop on my property that I am using to build, set up and test.

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/04/evaluating-nasas-futuristic-em-drive/ is a good primer to what many think can and will happen but, we need testing with basic science to understand the reason why this works the way it does. Nasa's budget is very small and have restrictions in time, goals and resources.

I'm sharing my build with the world and the results, it needs to be done for us all. I'm not looking for a lot, just a little to help the dream. 40 years of engineering tells me it will work (and I'm not alone).

And after all the testing it may not work as we would like and who knows what else we could find in simply the basic sciences.

One reviewer and writer in Forbes said "Inventing a time machine would be more dramatic than EmDrive but not a lot more. A force engine would be like inventing fire."
http://www.forbes.com/sites/investor/2015/05/29/investor-alert-emdrive-could-make-uber-seem-about-as-disruptive-as-a-sweat-smear/

I don't like asking, but I need some help making a fire. I have the sticks.

Thanking You,
Michelle Broyles

PS: The picture is of me at the Super Conductor Super Collider in Texas helping to build and design a imaging system for particle physics much like what is currently done at CERN. It's not a EMDrive.
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Update 12
Posted by Michelle Broyles
7 months ago
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Much has been going on this last week with the announced acceptance and release of NASA's EagleWorks paper this December. Indeed these are exciting times.

We have the announcement of "The Impossible Propulsion Drive Is Heading to Space" by Guido Fetta the CEO of Cannae Inc. Which is what some have been clamoring for.
http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/a22678/em-drive-cannae-cubesat-reactionless/

The toughest problem I've faced is gaining knowalage on this subject and this includes other theories and drive configurations. That's about to change as I've been invited to the Advanced Propulsion Workshop 2016 in a few weeks. If you have heard or read of a name in advanced propulsion there is a good chance they will be there. With around 40-50 educators, PhDs and engineers attending for 3 days it will be a learning fugue.

I could use your help again to attend. A donation would be very welcome. The good news is it's only a couple hour drive but accommodations and meals need to be covered for around 4 days.

I've spent over 5k of my own funds on this project as well and like most DYIers and even some goverment funded agencies monies are always tight. Some help again to advance my learning and share some of what I've done and seen.

My Best,
Michelle Broyles
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Update 11
Posted by Michelle Broyles
11 months ago
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Different than most torsion hanging pendulums. When your only measuring rotational thrusts it seemed better to capture the bottom to stabilize the system quicker instead of letting it free swing.
Torsion wire top and bottom captured
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Update 10
Posted by Michelle Broyles
11 months ago
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A little over a month ago I decided that the balance beam was not giving me the details in measurements I needed as it left too may questions in the data that I couldn't answer.

I've embarked on a new test stand that's a torsional pendulum, but different in that it will allow me to do testing in several configurations.

It can be a off fixture powered torsional pendulum and the cage rotated 90 degrees to become a balance beam. This will provide clear cut data to compare both styles of test stands.

I also am including the option to add a pure AC inverter, battery, inverter power supply and magnetron to drive the system as a enclosed self powered system. This is the more costly part.

Also I have a new Drive design that hasn't been done to my knowalage that showed great promise on the old balance beam and that needs to be tested to a greater degree.

Just wanted to update all of you who have helped and if you would like to help in this next phase I would be in your debt.

My Best To You.
Michelle
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Update 9
Posted by Michelle Broyles
15 months ago
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It looks like NASA is taking a serious look into other propulsion technologies. You need to read between the lines to see NASA's doubletalk. Good news.

http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/2015_nasa_technology_roadmaps_ta_2_in-space_propulsion_final.pdf
2.2 Non-Chemical Propulsion Propulsion systems that use electrostatic, electromagnetic, field interactions, fission reactions, photon interactions, or externally supplied energy to accelerate a spacecraft are grouped together under NonChemical Propulsion. These technologies can be further grouped into the following categories:
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2 .3 .7 Breakthrough Propulsion: Breakthrough propulsion is an area of technology development that seeks to explore and develop a deeper understanding of the nature of space-time, gravitation, inertial frames, quantum vacuum, and other fundamental physical phenomena, with the overall objective of developing advanced propulsion applications and systems that will revolutionize how NASA explores space.
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Tiago Freitas
17 months ago

Please keep updating this page to make it easier to see the progress without searching on reddit and nsf :)

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Andre de Guerin
18 months ago

Exploring the fundamentals of physics, indeed. This is right up there with the invention of the light bulb, discovery of HTSC, graphene etc.

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$10,335 of $20k goal

Raised by 123 people in 21 months
Created July 9, 2015
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Michelle Broyles  
$10
Andre De Guerin
2 months ago

Hope this helps :-)

RH
$75
Robert Hubley
5 months ago

Keep it going shell. I miss the frequent updates but I understand why you pulled back. If I lived closer I would offer to help with the lab construction. Take care.

$200
Zach Kauble
5 months ago

Good luck!

HP
$50
Herman Price
6 months ago

Good work Shell - Sent you a PM on NSF. Herman

CE
$50
Clyde Edgar
7 months ago

Keep up the good effort Shell.

$100
Anonymous
7 months ago
$30
Anonymous
7 months ago
SM
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Stephen Miller
7 months ago

Keep plugging away Michelle. Wishing you every success.

RP
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Richard Poindexter
7 months ago

Enjoy the conference. Sounds like things are happening!

$20
Anonymous
7 months ago
Tiago Freitas
17 months ago

Please keep updating this page to make it easier to see the progress without searching on reddit and nsf :)

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Andre de Guerin
18 months ago

Exploring the fundamentals of physics, indeed. This is right up there with the invention of the light bulb, discovery of HTSC, graphene etc.

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