Rejected By World, Inventor Turns to China to Build His Space Drive
He drew up plans for an exotic space engine unlike any the world had seen. It would use a relativistic trick, first envisioned by Allen Cullen in the 1950s, to convert electricity into microwaves, which would then provide a supposedly incredible thrust. At Astrium, his outlandish ideas were met with scorn. He recalls, “I was told in no uncertain terms to drop it. This came from the very top.”
So Mr. Shawyer went rogue, leaving his cushy desk job to design his engine, the EmDrive on his own. Reportedly he succeeded.
A flight to Mars might take only 41 days. Further, it will cut the weight and costs of satellites approximately in half, as satellites require heavy boosters to maintain orbit.