Friday, February 13, 2009

Has Antigravity Been Writ Large in the Sky?

The year 2001 saw the publication of British journalist Nick Cook's bestselling book The Hunt for Zero Point: Inside the Classified World of Antigravity Technology.

"Inside" was a bit of an overstatement, since antigravity technology is one of the most classified areas of U.S. government defense-related research, and it is questionable whether anyone is entirely "inside" it, given that its hypothetical advances are shielded in so many ways from so many eyes. Probably not even the president, if he cared to take an interest, would be capable of accessing every corner of whatever super-sensitive developments are taking place in this field.

Nick Cook claims, and it is a hard claim to refute, that the power of antigravity, if harnessed to serve human purposes, would completely revolutionize every area of technological progress, not just our military capabilities.

Altered sources of clean energy would abound. Our methods of constructing tall buildings would utterly change as our present hoisting cranes disappeared from the skyline, to be replaced by antigravitational devices that would float the most massive materials from ground level to upper floors with ridiculous ease.

The shape of our aircraft would be transformed from modified bird forms to perfect disks, and unidentified flying objects would become a thing of the past as our own identifiable saucers filled the sky. Such vehicles would whisk us across our great oceans in minutes and, possibly, open nearby galaxies to our astronauts as antigravitational force was used to propel our spacecraft to the speed of light.

Is there any actual evidence that real breakthroughs have been made in this field? Well, perhaps. Over the years Nick Cook has pursued a number of leads in this almost impenetrable subject area, and if you read his book you'll discover some interesting hypotheses about what might be forthcoming in the field of antigravity. But you must prepare yourself to be more mystified than enlightened.

The state of antigravity studies is revealed by the questions surrounding the photograph above (not from Cook's book), which was apparently taken of the skies over southern England and shows what may or may not be the contrail of a hypersonic vehicle that may or may not employ antigravity technology to push its speed far beyond that of any officially recognized aircraft. What's certain is that the pictured contrail is unlike any that most of us have ever seen, since the engine or engines creating it seem to be pulsing out energy in a way that's entirely different from what we're accustomed to.

This entire area remains highly problematical (you might say Area 51-ish), and our understanding of it is further complicated by the fact that many effects (like magnetic levitation) which mimic antigravitational states be can actually be explained by conventional technology. Still, speculation about scientific concepts of antigravity can be fascinating, and there is nothing in the world that will ever stop it or even slow it down.

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