Re: Basic Science/ Speculative: Reactionless Drive

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Fri Mar 17 2000 - 06:48:33 MST wrote:

> It seems to me that a reactionless "drive" already exists.
> Consider any given volume of gas. Heat that gas. The gas expands. That
> is....the velocity of the individual molecules of the gas increase.
> Get rid of all the molecules except for one. Add energy to that
> molecule....what happens?
> I speculate that it's velocity increases. How?
> "For ever action there is an equal and opposite reaction"
> Regarding the above mentioned solitary molecule how does that follow?

It gains the energy from radiation (photons) which collide with it. An expanding
gas is a very good example of an action-reaction relationship, both on the
atomic/molecular level, and on the macro level. It is certainly not reactionless.
Gas does not just expand in one direction, it seeks to expand in all directions.


Michael S. Lorrey Member, Extropy Institute Member, National Rifle Association "Live Free or Die, Death is not the Worst of Evils." - General John Stark

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