A month ago, we published an article about the Cannae-Drive, which was invented by Guido Fetta, and tested by NASA over an eight day testing campaign that took place in August of 2013. It’s also known as the EM drive. It showed that a small amount of thrust was achieved inside a container without the use of any fuel. The results were then presented at the 50th Joint Propulsion Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.
2016 has been a huge year for the EM drive, primarily because it was recently announced that it’s about to be tested in space, and NASA researchers reported a successful 10-week trial of their EM drive prototype, which led to the approval of Fetta being granted permission to test his own version in space.
Now, even more recently, the latest patent application for the new kind of rocket engine that generates thrust without any kind of exhaust or propellant was just released by the U.K. Intellectual Property office by investor Roger Shawyer (source).
“The patent process is a very significant process, it’s not like an academic peer review where everyone hides behind an anonymous review, it’s all out in the open,” Shawer told Marry-Ann Russon at the International Business Times.
He went on to say that “this is a proper, professional way of establishing prior ownership done by professionals in the patent office, and in order to publish my patent application, they had to first carry out a thorough examination of the physics in order to establish that the invention does not contravene the laws of physics.”