SPESIF 2009:

By Pharis Williams


In February 2009 I attended the Space Propulsion and Energy Sciences International Forum (SPESIF 2009) held 24-26 February in Huntsville, AL. I presented two papers there titled, “Fusion for Earth and Space” and “Superluminal Space Craft.”


The abstract of the first paper is:

The compact reactor concept presented at the STAIF-2007 has the potential to provide clean, safe and unlimited supply of energy for Earth and Space applications. The concept is a potential fusion reactor wherein deuterium nuclei are preferentially fused into helium nuclei. Because the deuterium nuclei are preferentially fused into helium nuclei at temperatures and energies lower than specified by the standard model there is no harmful radiation as a byproduct of this fusion process. Therefore, a reactor using this reaction does not need any shielding to contain such radiation. The energy released from each reaction and the absence of shielding makes the deuterium-plus-deuterium-to-helium (DDH) reactor very compact when compared to other reactors, both fission and fusion types. Moreover, the potential energy output per reactor weight and the absence of harmful radiation makes the DDH reactor an ideal candidate for individual home and space power. The concept also would make it possible for each plant or remote location to have it’s own power source, on site, without the need for a connection to the power grid. This would minimize, or eliminate, power blackouts. The concept could replace large fission reactors and fossil fuel power plants plus provide energy for ships, locomotives, trucks and autos. It would make an ideal source of energy for space power applications and for space propulsion.


Of course the full paper will be in the proceedings of the forum, but I have put the presentation slides here (Fusion for Earth and Space.pdf).


The abstract for the second paper is:

Space exploration would be aided by superluminal travel. Recent publications and symposia have shown an increasing number of articles discussing superluminal travel. This argues that perhaps more serious attention might be given to suggestions or predictions of how such speeds might be obtained. Predictions of superluminal travel must address at least two things. First, a means of circumventing widely believed theoretical predictions preventing accelerating from speeds less than the speed of light to speeds greater than the speed of light. Secondly, there must be a propulsion method that can provide the necessary acceleration. A previously proposed five dimensional theory of space-time-mass suggests the potential to meet both of these requirements. The prediction of transition from subluminal to superluminal speeds derives from the increased dimensionality, which alters the limiting factor of relativity to allow transition of the speed of light threshold. The potential propulsion method comes from the prediction of an inductive coupling between the electromagnetic and the gravitational fields that allows for the electromagnetic creation of a gravitational force. These two predictions, taken together, present the possibility of a craft that uses the Earth’s gravitational field to satisfy both requirements. These predictions come from considering the force laws in a five dimensional manifold of space-time-mass. A suggested space craft is presented together with sample calculations.


Presentation slides


Not only did I find it interesting that a number of people still feel that there is more to learn in science and especially as regards to space travel and exploration, but I also thought it particularly interesting that an increasing number of investigators are turning to five dimensions in an attempt to find answers to questions about space and space travel. Naturally I would notice such an increase since I have been studying five dimensions since 1977 in my own attempt to learn more about nature.


I also noticed that there has been and remains an effort to create and detect gravitational waves for use as a communication method. While my own studies has shown that a gravitational wave cannot exist independent of an electric wave component, perhaps I should look at their approach more closely.





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