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Alpha Cenauri Beckons

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Finally after more then a year in development this production has finally hit the internet.

Alpha Cenauri Beckons is a video about the ECR engine (Electron Cyclotron Resonance). The ECR is the very latest in advanced space propulsion. Using solid state components it is expected to give about 1.5 to 2 times the power over other current in-space propulsion systems. The ECR will require less maintenance because it doesn’t use electrodes (which wear out during opeartion) to generate electron resonance plasma. The extra performance comes from the facts of science that electron resonance has a higher energy state with which to eject plasma particles through the engine nozzle. In ECR propulsion ions are ejected more axially imparting more thrust. Specific Impulse (Isp) is about 5,000 sec. with the potential to go to 10,000 seconds which gives about 50,000 m/s to about 100,000 m/s exit velocity. The ECR was developed from the Gas Dynamic Mirror propulsive device which conceptually can generate fusion propulsion when materials and technologies, such as improved heat-to-electricity, are advanced to support fusion. When such technologies and materials are so advanced, the ECR can be configured to generate fusion. This will open up the entire solar system to manned travel. It could even make manned travel beyond our solar system a possibility! Alpha Centauri Beckons!

This is my first HD production!

Thanks to Allen Goodman for the voice over, and Tangerine Dream for the music (Stratosfear 1995).

Engine design by Al Reisz of Reisz Engineers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbkQLp6fMBU

Cheers

~Seth

Activation Energy - Pressurized HHO

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

A few weeks ago I got in a conversation with someone about HHO gas and was told that because the gas is mixed and if it’s under pressure it becomes volitile. The person telling me this said that it would become EXTREAMLY unstable, so much so that it would be comparable to nitroglycerin. A single breath of air or tap of the finger or so much as looking at it sternly

Forum and Blog Updates

Monday, March 30th, 2009

I just wanted to inform everyone that some changes have been made to the forum and the blog on my site. In case you haven’t noticed, all users registered on the forum are now also registered on the blog and all users registered on the blog are now also registered on the forums for my site. I’ve also updated the graphics for the login and reg. pages. A number of additional security measures have been put into place to keep the spammers and hackers out. This has proven to be most effective! Dan also added a useful and much needed Nav-bar to the forums.

All of this is special thanks to my new friend and part-time employee Dan Meeks. I had to bring Dan in because all of this has grown beyond the scope were I could manage it all by my self. Dan is an amazing web programmer and brings a lot of skills to the table. I want to thank Dan for the incredible work and efforts that he’s made on updating the site and making sure that everything works together so well, all without breaking my bank account. (Completely… ;-) )

If you want to hire Dan to work on one of your projects, let this stand as a professional recommendation. You can reach him on his Rent-A-Coder page here:

http://about.rentacoder.com/RentACoder/DotNet/SoftwareCoders/ShowBioInfo.aspx?x=Freeport&y=Illinois&lngAuthorId=680265

But please, if your going to hire Dan for one of your projects, don’t give him to much work, as I still have more stuff for him to do on my site first. :-P

Cheers

~Seth

Americans in Orbit 50 Years

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

I’ve just accepted a position on the Advisory Board for the organization known as “Americans in Orbit 50 Years”. My title will be Senior Technologist.

I must say this is really exciting for me! This is moving in exactly the direction I’ve always dreamed my life would go! Only I never thought it would be possible!!!! Yet here I am living MY dream! The full energy and excitement of this appointment hasn’t completely hit me yet. I suppose that’s partly because I’m such a work-a-holic and so friggin busy these days that everything just seems to go in a blur.

In any event I need to mention some of the things that this organization brings to the table. First I will start with the names and affiliations of the other board members:

T.J. O’Mally, Former Launch Director for Friendship 7

Charles Arthur “Chuck” Biggs, Sr., Former VP, Manned Spaceflight Education Foundation Inc.

Larry R. Capps, CEO, U.S. Space and Rocket Center

William Coleman, Chief of Project Blue Book (UFO Investigations)

Al Reisz, CEO of Reisz Engineers

Konrad K. Dannenberg, Deupty Manager of the Saturn Rocket Program

Lorraine Ruiz, Operations Manager of NASA’s Ames Exploration Encounter Program

Bill Larson, Director of Media Relations

These are giant people in the world of space flight and I’m proud and honored to be counted among them in representing the Orbiter Space Flight Simulator and other technology and engineering developments.

I should also note that we hare having a special event at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration

Bailing out auto industry?!

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

So the latest question everyone seems to be raving out about is if the US government should bail out the automotive industry?

Well first of all I’d like to get your comments on this.

Now I’ll state my thoughts. I think it’s the worst idea ever conceived by human beings! Why would you pay the largest industry in the world to continue producing the worlds largest and most inefficient fleet of vehicles? What ever happened to free market?!

If the government is going to put money into the auto industry it should fund better technology. We are still using automotive technology from the late 18th century! The original Model-T from the early 1900’s

Scamming HHO? and Space Travel Bone Loss

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Seems someone on my site just claimed that I am “Scamming” my readers on Hydrogen technology….

Additonal Electrolyzer Optimization Options Part 1

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Now your probably wondering what possible additional optimizations could possibly be made over and above all the information I’ve already covered?

It turns out there was another special someone who calls himself “Bob”. Apparently Bob was involved with running a boating company and wanted to increase the fuel efficiency of his boat motors and help lower the operating expenses of his business as related to fuel costs, as the story goes. So Bob started to experiment with Hydrogen boosters and Electrolyzer’s. In his experiments he discovered that he could get massive amounts of Hydrogen by using a triple phase induction transformer toroid winding coil. Driving the signal into this coil was an array of 3 MosFet’s each of them tuned to a different pulse width modulation frequency.

You’ll notice that in my previous post I described something similar as defined by Stanley Meyer. It turns out the system defined by Stanley Meyer was only using one signal generator, and one finely tuned frequency signal, with gaps between the signal pulses, or pulse trains as he calls them in his patent. Bob’s system on the other hand fills in the gaps by transitioning the signal delivered through the transformer to the Electrolyzer circuit between three different in-phase signals at differently tuned frequencies.

There is a basis for this concept and it would seem to work, however, there are trade-offs of the concept, and I have not had the chance to test any of this, as I have stated I need to buy an Oscilloscope to get a properly designed system that would be capable of testing under these conditions. The idea, is that as the Hydrogen and Oxygen bubble off under the conditions of Signal frequency 1 the bubbles will cause the dielectric constant of the water to shift. At that point Signal frequency 1 shuts off, and signal frequency 2 takes over tuned to the new dielectric constant of the water with the bubbles of gas and because the frequency is different again the dielectric constant changes again ever so slightly, and again frequency 2 shuts off, and signal frequency 3 takes over tuned to the new dielectric constant of the water with the new set of bubbles of gas, and so on back to frequency 1. In this way there are no gaps between the frequency pulse trains and the signal frequency more closely matches the dielectric constant of the water as the bubbles of gas cause it to change.

The problem with this idea is that now there is no gap of time between pulse trains and it is more likely that the very high electric voltage applied across the plates will generate additional heat. However, since the signal more closely matches the dielectric constant the heat should be mostly minimized, and gas production maximized. A study would need to be done on the thermal equilibrium of the system and at what temp the Electrolyzer will reach thermal equilibrium. To much heat in the system and again we end up with a glorified water heater!

There is one more possible optimization that could potentially improve on this conceptual design and I will cover it in another post. So stay tuned.

Hope you guys like this. :) Comments?

~Seth

Who is Stanley Meyer?

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Ok so here it is, what you’ve all been waiting for!

If you’ve looked at HHO, or Hydrogen from water or anything along those lines then you’ve probably heard of Stanley Meyer. Some guests on this blog have already hinted at results from this man. Those of you who know who he is and what he has done will appreciate this, however I

HHO Design Configurations Part 2

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Ok so the HHO thread of posts isn’t completely closed out. I do have plenty of additional details to post about.

I should have been more specific in describing the optimum Hydrogen electrolysis unit. A question was asked as to why the PVC plates are needed?

The reason for this is because there needs to be something to stabilize the system. I described the plates as square but turned 45 deg thus forming a diamond. The stack of plates and gaskets would be sandwiched between two insulator plates and the PVC plates just outside the insulator plates. The threaded rods extending the length of the stack on all sides of the diamond stack and insulated by vinyl tubing would be threaded through holes in the PVC plates at holes just outside the diamond outline thus bounding the stack and holding it together. The insulator plates on both ends could be made from fiberglass or lexan or some other kind of chemical resistant non-conductor. The idea is that the vinyl tubing insulating the threaded rods would extend the length of the space between the PVC plates. So if you didn’t have any insulator plates then there is always the possibility that one of your metal plates would slip through a small gap between the PVC end-plate and the vinyl tubing that is insulating the threaded rod there-by causing the system to short out. The insulator end-plate prevents this from happening because the first metal plate would then be a few millimeters inside the vinyl tubing and threaded rods that are holding the whole assembly together. The PVC plate would be square but not tilted 45-deg like the other plates there-by allowing the user of the system to leave the entire assembly on the floor and maintaining the orientation of the diamond stack of plates and gaskets so that the water solution will remain at the bottom and gas can escape through the holes at the top diamond apex of every plate through the length of the stack. If your still confused by

HHO Design Configurations

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

I must appologize to my readers for not posting recently, after doing the research that I did and learning the things that I’ve learned I discovered enough to know what it would take to build a proper HHO system that would be truely optimized! I discovered that to really figure out exactly what specs to use for a system I would need a decent Oscilliscope. These cost about $2000 for a reasonably nice one. So the HHO project had to be put on hold until I can get past my current financial situation. Lets just say I owe some money to the big tax man for my work as a contractor last year…ironicly writing tax software. ;)

Let me close this series of HHO threads off by stating what I’ve learned leading up to this point with regards to Hydrogen. I know this will interest those of you who are looking to build systems, and a new reader who has expressed interest in the work of Stanley Meyers.

On that note, I’ve learned the when you perform electrolosis on water typically you have some form of metal suspended in a solution of water. The water contains electrolytes to act as a catalyst in the chemical reaction, such as salt, Potasium Hydroxide, or Sodium Hydroxide, or Sodium Bicarbonate, as discusted in previous posts. It doesn’t matter what configuration you are using for the point I want to make because of the conditions I’ve placed on the configuration as stated above. If you have wire, tubes, mesh, plates, coils, whatever it is, the edges of these components have what is called a “Leak Charge”. This means that some of the electric current passing through the device leaks around the edges and corners of your metal components. This “leak charge” still does work on the system resulting in heating the solution but does not contribute to the breaking of Hydrogen and Oxygen bonds. This is the primary reason why the solution will get warm or even hot over time. So you are essentially paying for the performance of your device and as result you have a glorified water heater. If you see bubbles and your solution is very hot, it is not necessarily Hydrogen and Oxygen. Rather it is just steam boiling off as if you where going to use that water to cook up some pasta.

Now I don’t recommend putting noodles in your electrolosis reactor, however, alternative design configurations should be considered to reduce this performance loss to the system. A