Motion Sciences Organization
MOTION SCIENCES LAUNCHES INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION AMONG ADVANCED PHYSICS RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS
21st Century Nonprofit Research and Development Enterprise Formed to Advance Collaboration Among Scientists Seeking Discoveries for Breakthrough Propulsion, Energy, and Materials Technologies
PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA - August 20, 2001 - The Motion Sciences Organization (http://motionsciences.org) was launched August 13, 2001 as a 21st century advanced physics research and development organization supporting an international network of individuals, institutions, and businesses, pioneering together breakthrough technologies for 21st century life. Motion Sciences is conducting fundamental theoretical and experimental research relevant to the discovery of physical principles that might enable breakthroughs in propulsion and energy generation technologies. Scientists have joined Motion Sciences from NASA, Lockheed-Martin, MIT, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago, the University of Maryland, and Princeton University, and are now actively conducting research in advanced electrodynamics, quantum theory, and materials sciences.
"Over the past decade, research in several domains of physics is suggesting that new insights into the nature of mass, the origin of inertia and the mechanism of gravitation may be achieved in coming years," said Dr. Bernard Haisch, Director of the California Institute for Physics and Astrophysics, one of the institutions forming Motion Sciences. "The organization of Motion Sciences represents a milestone for this field of study, enabling a new level of focus and collaboration among the many scientists and institutions exploring key unanswered questions in physics," he added.
Motion Sciences Organization (MSO) connects, informs, sponsors, and assists in the prioritization of collaborative research among Associates of the Motion Sciences Research and Development Network, enabling theoretical and experimental studies to advance beyond the limits imposed by severely fragmented explorations of these domains. Through the Research and Development Network, MSO and its Associates are able to fulfill contract research and development of technological innovations for productization in alliance with government and industry partners and independent innovators. The alliance is expected to accelerate the emergence of products and services for urgent and unaddressed near-, mid-, and long-term human needs in advanced propulsion, renewable energy, electromagnetic and acoustic sensing, infrastructure construction and protection, navigation instrumentation, and testing and analysis systems.
"The organizations coming together in alliance within the Motion Sciences Research and Development Network represent capabilities beyond theoretical research alone. We are actively conducting several key experimental programs at this time, and are now equipped to take successful concepts all the way to applied technology prototypes," said Creon Levit, Director of Experimental Research for Motion Sciences.
Motion Sciences Organization has been formed by the combination of the California Institute for Physics and Astrophysics (http://www.calphysics.org) and the International Space Sciences Organization (ISSO), founded in 1999 by information technology pioneer Joseph P. Firmage. Initial Associates within the Motion Sciences Research and Development Network include:
Scientific Applications and Research Associates, Inc. (http://www.sara.com/), a world-class physics engineering company providing services to the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Department of Energy, the British Defence Evaluation Research Agency, the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Northrop Grumman Corp, Boeing Corp., and TRW.
Institute for Advanced Studies in Austin (http://www.earthtech.org/ias.htm), a privately funded theoretical and experimental research organization in Austin, Texas, was established in 1985 to explore advanced concepts in forefront scientific areas. Its research activities range from theoretical studies of such fundamental issues as gravitation, inertia, and cosmology, to laboratory studies of innovative approaches to energy generation. The expertise of IAS is regularly sought by both corporate and government entities, and its personnel regularly serve various corporations, foundations, government agencies, the Executive Branch, and Congress as consultants on leading-edge technologies and future technology trends.
The research at Boston University under the direction of Prof. Daniel Cole (http://www.bu.edu/mfg/faculty/homepages/cole.html) involves detailed exploration of Casimir cavities. This research attempts to combine basic theoretical work with applied technological innovation. Cole's group has developed large simulation programs that have been used in the microelectronics industry for guiding semiconductor technology developments. Cole also teaches a graduate level course in engineering on the creation, protection, and commercialization of intellectual property.
"Our scientists and those of our institutional associates have been collaborating for several years in the exploration of these domains of physics. After much preparatory work we have reached a critical mass, and are ready to move to the next stage. We've formed a new structure to enable tighter collaboration, better prioritization, larger-scale programs, and a common vehicle for open public engagement and financial sponsorship," said Mr. Firmage, Chairman of Motion Sciences Organization.
Motion Sciences Theoretical and Experimental Studies Team (TEST) is comprised of thoroughly credentialed theorists and experimentalists in domains central to Motion Sciences' mission. TEST most resembles a distributed academic institute with strong experimental research capabilities. Through TEST, Motion Sciences sponsors focused research internally, at top universities, and otherwise throughout the Motion Sciences Research and Development Network.
The theoretical group within Motion Sciences has operated for two years as the California Institute for Physics and Astrophysics (CIPA), and is led by Dr. Bernard Haisch, formerly of Lockheed-Martin, whose work in this field is an outgrowth of NASA Research Contract NASW-5050, "Inertia and Gravitation in the Zero-Point Field Model" (1996-2000) awarded to the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center. This contract in turn resulted from a seminal paper published in 1994 in the journal Physical Review A entitled: "Inertia as a zero-point field Lorentz force" by B. Haisch, A. Rueda and H. E. Puthoff. Based on work carried out at California State University at Long Beach, the Lockheed Palo Alto Research Lab, and the Max Planck Institute fÅÄr extraterrestrische Physik in Germany, a significantly new insight into the nature of mass was proposed in that paper. Thereafter, work under the NASA contract published in subsequent papers confirmed and indeed strengthened the proposed connection between inertial mass and the quantum vacuum. In recent years, the explorations of the relation between mass and the quantum vacuum have been extended with possibly significant insights into the nature of gravitation. Possible implications of this and of a rapidly widening body of work in the domain of quantum vacuum physics are that:
1. It may be possible to generate propulsive forces without the ejection of material propellant or reaction masses.
2. It may be possible to extract energy from the quantum vacuum.
3. Both inertial mass and gravitational mass may be electromagnetic phenomena, which would open the door to the possibility of manipulating inertia and/or gravitation.
The theoretical concepts underlying these possibilities are based on an extensive array of peer-reviewed publications in mainstream physics journals.
Dr. Haisch's team is presently conducting studies in the areas of quantum theory, electrodynamics, general relativity and other theories of gravitation and inertia, superstring and M-theory and plasma physics, as well as certain areas of astrophysics and laser physics. Through funded contracts, TEST-CIPA additionally retains expertise in photonics, quantum computation, and numerical simulation. As a way to broaden open scientific collaboration and to tap into high-level expertise at other institutions, external research grants have been made to faculty and researchers at half a dozen other university departments in the U.S. and abroad. The Scientific Advisory Board for the TEST-CIPA theoretical group is chaired by world-renowned theoretician Prof. Paul Wesson.
The experimental group within TEST has operated for two years as the International Space Sciences Organization, and is led by Creon Levit, a 19-year veteran of NASA Ames, where he specialized in fluid hydrodynamics, quantum chemistry, molecular dynamics, computational visualizations thereof, and founded NASA's molecular nanotechnology laboratory. Employing considerable caution, collaborative discernment, and careful pruning, Levit's team and the Associates he regularly engages have mapped many mistaken paths of independent research. Resulting from the first two years of this effort, extremely valuable experience has been developed in a sometimes slippery, frequently tangled domain. The results of this approach appear promising: a few paths of exploration have indeed resulted in experiments now underway, early data from which indicate that further research is justified. Meanwhile, TEST's experimental group continues the process of examining the field of ideas through active collaboration with Associates in the Motion Sciences R&D Network.
Nonprofit Operating Model to Approach Public for Support
Motion Sciences has engaged a public fundraising campaign, seeking support from the broad number of individuals and institutions worldwide with an interest in advancing physics research relevant to solutions for the significant environmental and social challenges faced by human civilization. Individuals may support the research by joining the Motion Sciences Community, obtaining regular updates and materials on progress underway within Motion Sciences and across the general fields under study.
Motion Sciences has also established a Development Office to partner with major philanthropies whose focus intersects the long-term humanitarian benefits Motion Sciences seeks to help catalyze.
About Motion Sciences Organization
Founded in 2001, Motion Sciences Organization is a 21st century advanced physics research and development organization supporting an international network of individuals, institutions, and businesses, pioneering together breakthrough technologies for 21st century life. Motion Sciences Organization is evolving human scientific understanding and responsible technical application of advanced electrodynamics, quantum theory, and materials sciences. The Organization connects, informs, sponsors, and assists in the prioritization of collaborative research among Associates of the Motion Sciences Research and Development Network, enabling theoretical and experimental studies to advance beyond the limits imposed by severely fragmented explorations of these domains. Through the Research and Development Network, Motion Sciences and its Associates are able to fulfill contract research and development of technological innovations for productization in alliance with government and industry partners, and independent innovators. The alliance is expected to accelerate the emergence of products and services for urgent and unaddressed near-, mid-, and long-term human needs in advanced propulsion, renewable energy, electromagnetic and acoustic sensing, infrastructure construction and protection, navigation instrumentation, and testing and analysis systems.
The Organization operates
facilities in Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Alameda, California,
and can be reached at http://motionsciences.org and (650) 617-8969.
-- Tony Young Director of Public Affairs
© 2001 Joe Firmage