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Friday, March 27, 2009

Hey to all those that dont know im an enginering major at my little state college and this is a topic much interesting to me.
So im lookin to do my masters thesis (when that comes) on artificial gravity (possibilities whats been done and the probability of it becoming science fact)

So if any ones got anythin they can share i would be much appreciated.

Thanks SigmaNunki, for that bit.
The reason im asking in this fashion is that i might be a crack pot to begin with.

But i have read on some expirements being done on the nature of gravity and also one such report that artificial gravitaional forces have been generated electromagneticly in a controled lab invironment. I try to keep upto date (as much as is allowed) on what is being done in the making of science fiction to science fact.

The new super clider i expect will give us great insight in the next few years as experiments really begin there. If yall want the links to what i have pulled off from the various scienific periodicals. Ask.

Jane0904 the cetrofuse is exactly as SigmaNunki said not artificial grave but more simulated and is in fact not showed any real practical use as far as the test nasa and other organizations made public. But who knows.


Saturday, March 28, 2009 8:05 PM



A centrifuge is *not* artificial gravity. That's basic Mechanics. At best that could be called "simulated gravity." But, even that's a quite misleading name for it.

Regarding your take on future developments, that's pure conjecture. There's *lots* of sci-fi stuff that has not become Science fact and in fact, has been proven impossible.


If you want to make this a life pursuit, then go into Physics. Engineering just uses Science, it does *not* create it. In other words, if you really want to do research into gravity, you're studying the wrong field. You should also be aware that it's more than just likely that you won't even lay any ground work. We aren't exactly advanced in that area.

If you want to lay promising ground work then work on unifying Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity. THAT would lay some ground work that might lay some ground work that might lay more ground work that...

The first step isn't to look at the goal and go for that. It's to look at what is a realistic next step given our current understanding. And that one is understanding what gravity really is. BUT, that is *way* *far* *off*. We have a profound lack of understand the fundamental forces that *need* to be resolved before any work can be done with gravity.

Btw, if you start going around talking about artificial gravity research and want to research that... well, that's a *very* good way to get instantly labelled a crackpot. Don't do it.

Saturday, March 28, 2009 2:18 PM


My issue isnt trying to make it but laying true ground work on the topic. im lookin to make this a life pursuit. And who knows maybe i get the oe idea that works and well you get the idea.

Friday, March 27, 2009 11:57 PM


The one thing that seems to come up a lot in science fiction - and let's face it, a lot of science fiction eventually becomes science fact - is the idea of a centifuge. Have a living area, for instance, spinning around a central core, and the action will press everything out to the edge. Check out 2001 - A Space Odyssey to see what I mean.

I don't necessarily think there will be an easy fix in the way of an anti-gravity drive - at least not in the short term - but I can see engineers being able to build something that can simulate it.

Friday, March 27, 2009 10:49 PM


Sorry, but gravity is still a mystery. There are a couple of theories and some of them are competing with one another. But, none of them have yielded any insightful results in the context of your question.

In other words, gravity is still very much an issue of Physics. You, being in engineering, are just going to have to wait till the Physicists are done working out the Science.

Btw, if you are going to have a chance at being taken seriously in academia, you're going to have to pay attention to spelling and grammar. It isn't about being an English major. It's about proper communication.


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