|07-29-2002, 08:32 PM
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Boeing tries to defy gravity
Boeing tries to defy gravity__________________
|07-31-2002, 11:56 AM
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: LPL / ATL
The British Broadcasting Corp. reported yesterday that Boeing Phantom Works in Seattle is looking into controversial research by a Russian scientist to reduce the force of gravity.
Yevgeny Podkletnov claims to have developed an anti-gravity device in 1992 which can reduce the force of earth's pull 2 percent. Podkletnov is viewed with suspicion by many scientists, the BBC noted, but Boeing's reported involvement in the project has lent his work a new credibility.
The only trouble is, Boeing denies it's spending any money on the research.
``Phantom Works is always monitoring potentially breakthrough ideas and technologies,''
said a statement issued yesterday by unit spokesman Erik Simonsen in southern California.
``We ... would be interested in seeing further development work. However, Boeing is not funding any activities in this area at this time.''
Simonsen said the BBC's report was based on misinterpretation: For example, the BBC said Boeing is researching the phenomenon in a program code-named Project Grasp.
``GRASP is not a code-name for a current project, but rather an acronym for a presentation entitled `Gravity Research for Advanced Space Propulsion,''' Simonsen said, in which a Boeing engineer explains the theory ``and proposes that we should continue to monitor this work. No steps have been taken beyond this point by Boeing.''
The United Kingdom's high-tech group BAe Systems is working on an anti-gravity program, dubbed Project Greenglow. NASA also is attempting to reproduce Podkletnov's findings, but a preliminary report indicates the effect does not exist.
The gravity-shield device is a superconducting ceramic disc rotating over powerful electromagnets. So don't look for it to reduce the takeoff weight of a 747 anytime soon.
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