About Us

We are a project that is going to attempt to build, launch, and test an EM Drive that was invented by Roger Shawyer in Great Britain.

FAQs:

Why are you doing this?

We think it would be cool to build a spaceship, frankly.

But why are you building so much of it by hand?

We have a strong interest in settling outer space. The tricky part about this is, being a settler is pretty poverty-making. Even if you are a great space-miner, harvesting titanium from the asteroids near Earth, there's nothing to spend the money on in space. It's pretty much a grow-your-own-tobacco, fix-your-own-car sort of world. Which means it's not enough to have a space station; you have to have a space station that you can fix yourself with only your trusty hydrospanner (we're big Star Wars fans here). The EM Drive isn't just interesting technology; it's interesting technology that is mechanically simple enough that normal shmos like you and I could learn to repair it and still have a job doing whatever it is we are doing in space.

Is funding you going to turn into seed capital for a business?

I won't lie, that would be great; however, I doubt it. It's a pretty touch business case. Partly because it's so mechnically simple, there's nothing really to stop Lockheed Martin from building a better EM Drive than anything I could build. So, maybe what Clayton Christensen calls a "disruptive innovation"? After all, the thrust is so small that it's not maneuverable enough for communication satellites, and vibration dampening is good enough for really, really good satellite imagery already. So it's not that likely for Lockheed Martin to create a product line for it since none of their customers are going to want it. Ah, ha! What about new customers that can only now exist because this reactionless technology doesn't need to be refueled, could it be the breakthrough for whole new space businesses? Maybe. I can't help but assume it would be useful for space mining or orbital debris cleanup, but it's hard to say. It may not have enough thrust for DSI or Planetary Resources to want it, and they're already building their own craft. And orbital debris cleanup is a tough nut. Property rights in space are weird enough that it's hard to know who to sell garbage pickup services to. I think in order to make a business out of this technology, I would have to actually start a business actually doing orbital debris cleanup or something, and honestly that would take a lot more than this technology.

So we are proceding like our biggest aim is scientific experiment. We want to secure the patents only so that we have the right to publish them under GPL or something similar, and be as open as possible in how we solve the problem.

Is Roger Shawyer involved in this project?

No, but we would like him to be. We haven't been able to contact him. If you are him, or know him, please ask him to contact us at admin@buildanemdrive.org and we would love to bring him onboard.

Do you have the rights to do this?

It is our understanding that the patent on the EM Drive is expired and we are free to do this. If that's not the case, we are interested in finding out more.

Where are your legal documents?

I filed online, so I don't have a copy of my Articles of Organization, but our official listing is here.