John F. N. Salik


Advanced propulsion is generally considered as the encapsulation of momentum transfer methods that extend the basic notions of rocketry as established by Konstantin Tsiolkovsky where a propellant was proposed as a fundamental reaction mass to induce momentum transfer and consequently, motion. Current implementations of space engines exploit Newtonian mechanics in the form of cold and hot gas propulsion systems, or more recent electric propulsion systems. Advanced propulsion requires looking past these notions into a breakthrough in fundamental physics that could yield a propellantless method that would make use of externally harnessed or induced fundamental forces for space missions that would not exclude interstellar travel. The efficient exploitation of novel fundamental physics to manipulate intrinsic properties of matter to reduce travel time or to efficiently procure energy while increasing travel distance is a tenet of advanced deep-space propulsion, and is the focus of my work.

This space is intended to chronicle and share points of interest during my doctoral studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.  I am currently conducting research in the following areas:

  • Propellant-less or field-propulsion systems.
  • Feasibility of mass modification.
  • Feasibility of creating gravity waves or a repulsive gravity force.

These topics are pursued in the spirit of NASA‘s concluded NASA’s Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Program program.  It is my intention to reach out to trained researchers interested in these or similar topics and to discuss ideas with full academic rigour.


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