Wednesday, March 29, 2006

gravity control, a brief history

The United States government and aerospace contractors publicly announced ambitious Manhattan project-style goals to crack the anti-gravity problem during the mid-1950s while the atomic airplane was on the drawing board, but by the end of 1957 no more information was flowing into the newspapers and magazines.

history of gravity control


At 2:41 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

The historical note is incorrect. Pages 9-10 and 137 of Lloyd Mallan's paperback, Space Satillites (FB 364), published by Fawcett in 1958, states George S. Trimble, Jr. had created the Research Institute for Advanced Study (RIAS) for the pursuit of gravity control propulsion. A. R. Weyl's criticism against America's gravity control propulsion projects and praise for Burkhard Heim's theory appeared in the February 1959 issue of Aeronautics (vol. 39, no. 22). The electronics section of the July 11, 1960 issue of Missiles and Rockets (vol. 7, no. 2, page 27) featured an announcement by the Ryan Aeronautical Company about an antigravity propulsion breakthrough that had been attained by Martin N. Kaplan. He was the Senior Research Engineer in the Electronics Division. Kaplan has the same name and initials as the gentleman in the photograph that embellished the first article of a series of newspaper stories by Ansel Talbert in 1955. The vague description of Kaplan's achievement resembled the effects of the impulse beam generator that had been reported decades later by Podkletnov and Modanese. Donald Kehoe wrote about the continued growth into 1965 of the gravity control propulsion projects in the January 1966 issue of True, The Man's Magazine (vol. 47, no. 344, page 340). That article and the book that followed indicated the Air Force had inspired the creation of the gravity control propulsion projects. He said projects seemed to have failed in 1966. Keyhoe did not indicate if the experimental and/or theoretical segments of the projects had failed. Intensified theoretical research by the Air Force towards towards unifying gravitational and electromagnetic theory had started in 1956 and continued up to 1971. Recent testimonies by Dr. Ben Rich and Mark McCandlish state those projects attained success during the early 1970's. Several explicit references to America's gravity control propulsion programs appeared in the open literature after 1957.

Taylor Cisco, Jr.
Chicago, IL


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