Date: Sat, 31 Aug 2002 10:51:06 -0600
From: "rhinoceros" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I have posted some more references for the controversial issue of
antigravity propulsion in the "Science & Technology" section of the BBS
This message was posted by rhinoceros to the Virus 2002 board on Church
of Virus BBS.
I'm reading a gripping book: "The Hunt for Zero Point" (One Man's
Journey to Discover the Biggest Secret Since the Invention of the Atomic
Bomb) By Nick Cook, Aerospace Consultant Jane's Defence Weekly. Arrow
1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2
I have attached a scan, from the book, of the diagram of Podkletnov's
which appeared in Britains 'Sunday Telegraph' 1st September, 1996.
I hope the attachment is OK for everyone.
Podkletnov's Tampere experiments, it was apparent that the
superconductors needed to be spun at around 5,000 rpm inside a large
steel container filled with liquefied gas for cooling. Electromagnets
were used to make the superconductors levitate and get them up to speed.
In the absence of any firm data on Podkletnov's discs, though, attempts
by, NASA to duplicate his work were inconclusive as far as gravity
shielding was concerned. A couple of times, the readings had blipped a
little like Dr Evans'expeirience with the Kidd inertial thrust machine
at BAe but they were never consistent enough to be taken seriously.
If Podkletnov knew all this, 1 thought and somehow or other, I guessed
he probably did then he was more than likely pissing himself laughing.
Either he had perpetrated a fantastic confidence trick, or he really had
pulled off one of the greatest scientific discoveries of the 20th
So, where the hell was PodkIetnov?
The best and only clues to his whereabouts had been provided by an
American journalist called Charles Platt
who had documented his attempts to track down Podkletnov in a lengthy
article for Wired, a highly
respected magazine for computer minded tech heads. After the Sunday
Telegraph story, Platt managed to get a phone number for Podkletnov and
they spoke a couple of times, but only on the basis that Platt wouldn't
publish anything without the Russian's consent.
'He told me how he made his discovery,' Platt wrote more than a year
later, quoting the Russian: "'Someone in the laboratory was smoking a
pipe and the pipe smoke rose in a column above the superconducting disc.
So we placed a ball shaped magnet above the disc, attached to a balance.
The balance behaved strangely. We substituted a non magnetic material,
silicon, and still the balance was very strange. We found that any
object above the disc lost some of its weight, and we found that if we
rotated the disc, the effect was increased."'
When Platt suggested that huge amounts of energy would be required for
this to be remotely so, Podkletnov reportedly became irritated.
'We do not need a lot of energy,' he'd snapped back. 'We don't absorb
the energy of the gravitational field. We may be controlling it as a
transistor controls the flow of electricity. No law of physics is
broken. 1 am not one crazy guy in a lab; we had a team of six or seven,
all good scientists.'
And that, for the next year or so, was that. It was only when an
intermediary told Platt that Podkletnov had returned to Finland, where
he was now set up as a materials scientist in a local company that the
American jumped in a plane and finally managed to confront the man who'd
dared to claim he had shielded gravity.
What Podkletnov had been doing during his year long self imposed exile
in Moscow was never made clear, although the Russian soon hinted that he
had not been idle. He was quick to explain to Platt that his original
findings at Tampere had been meticulously charted using a mercury
barometer. Immediately above the superconducting disc, it had registered
a 4 mm drop in air pressure, because, the Russian said, emphasising the
point, the air itself had been reduced in weight.
When he'd taken the barometer upstairs, Podkletnov had found the same
drop in pressure over the point where the experiment was taking place on
the floor below. He went up to the top floor of the building and it was
the same thing.
This showed that gravity, reduction would not diminish with distance,
that the effect had no limit. PodkIetnov 's gravity shield went on,
extending upward in a 30 cm diameter column forever.
And then, if that wasn't good enough, pay dirt. The two per cent weight
reduction in all the air above the disc meant that a vehicle equipped
with gravity shielding would be able to levitate buoyed up by the
heavier air below.
'I'm practically sure,' Podkletnov had told Platt, giving him an intense
look, 'that within ten years this will be done. If not by NASA, then by
During his year in Russia, he went on to reveal, he had conducted
research at an unnamed 'chemical scientific research centre' where he
had built a device that reflected gravity. By using superconductors,
resonating fields and special coatings and 'under the right
conditions' gravitational waves had been repelled instead of blocked.
Applied to an air vehicle, Podkletnov said, this 'second generation of
flying machines will reflect gravity waves and be small, light and fast,
like UFOs. 1 have achieved impulse reflection; now the task is to make
it work continuously.'
Their meeting over, Podkletnov slipped back into the shadows and Platt
returned home. While there had been sightings of Podkletnov in the years
since reports of his whereabouts had surfaced in japan, Russia and
Finland he had, to all intents and purposes, disappeared again.
Back in the States, Platt canvassed the physics mainstream for its
reaction to the Podkletnov claims. Most scientists laughed outright.
Gravity shielding, they said, was simply inconceivable.
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