Russian Scientist Claims
By James Donahue
In this our second article dealing with the possibility of machines that defy gravity, we will be looking
at the claims of Dr. Eugene Podkletnov, a Russian scientist, who attempted to publish an article in a scientific journal in
1996 that claimed it was possible to build machines that negated gravity.
Podkletnov’s article was scheduled to be published in the respected British Journal of Physics-D.
After the Sunday Telegraph of London got its hands on the article and published its own interpretation, Podkletnov’s
ideas created a scientific storm.
It appears that the Telegraph story announced that “scientists in Finland are about to reveal
details of the world’s first antigravity device.” The director of the laboratory at the Tampere University of
Technology in Finland, where Podkletnov worked, then issued a an announcement that the newspaper report was inaccurate and
that Podkletnov was working entirely on his own.
Podkletnov claimed the newspaper got the facts wrong and that he was never claiming to have found a
way to block gravity. His research was only leading in finding ways to reduce its effect. Because of the controversy, Podkletnov
withdrew his paper. To make matters worse, he was shut off from continuing his research at Tampere. Thus he returned to his
native Moscow where he took an engineering job and began private research on his idea for a superconductor.
He recently surprised the “experimental anti-gravity research community” by revealing what
he calls a “Superconducting Force-Beam Generator” that he claims produces an output of hundreds of pounds of “pure
Podkletnov says the gravitational beam on his machine is generated by a 3 to 5 megavolt drop onto a
four-inch wide superconductor. The superconductor is enclosed in a wrapped solenoid which creates a magnetic field around
The pulses from the beam are powerful enough to punch holes through brick, concrete and put large dents
in light metals. The beam appears to maintain its strength for an extended distance.
While working on his device in 1997, Podkletnov told Charles Platt, a writer for Wired Magazine, that
he had built a device that generated a repulsive gravitational beam. He said the “backside” of his invention is
that it emited radiation strong enough to damage biological tissues.
He described the workings of his invention as sending a spark between a flat surfaced superconductor
and a coil. “Under specific conditions, applying resonating fields and composite superconducting coatings, we can organize
the energy discharge in such a way that it goes through the center of the electrode, accompanied by gravitational phenomena
– reflecting gravitational waves that spread through the walls and hit objects on the floors below.”
He said the force of these waves knocked objects over during early tests. Now they are powerful enough
to punch holes in concrete walls.
Podkletnov is now predicting that a “second generation of flying machines will reflect gravity
waves and will be small, light and fast, like UFOs. I have achieved impulse reflection. Now the task is to make it work continuously.”
While few, if any other researchers have seen or can verify Podkletnov’s claims, there is a growing
interest in finding ways to defy gravity among contemporary researchers. One obvious reason is because there is a growing
interest in launching ships into deep space to explore Mars and other planets in our solar system, if not beyond. There also
is a growing demand for alternative green energy sources to replace the world hunger for carbon fuels. If the device can punch
holes in walls, there appears to be a military application as well.
In 2006 researcher Martin Tajmar at the Austrian Research Center in Seibersdorf claimed to have developed
an apparatus similar to the one used by Podkletnov. He said the device measures a tangential gravitomagnetic force but suggested
it may be a magnetic form of “frame dragging” rather than gravity reflection. The Tajmar device was motor driven
while Podkletnov’s experiment levitated and spun a ring using only magnetic fields.
In 1990 physicists Douglas Torr and Ning Li, of the University of Alabama, began working on the probability
that superconducted magnets might reduce the effect of gravity. Inspired by Podkletnov’s work, Torr and another colleague,
David Noever, attempted to reproduce Podkletnov’s gravity shielding experiment.
Torr eventually developed what he called a “gravity generator” that he said could create
a force beam. His work has since been stalled for lack of private funding.
James Woodward, a professor of physics at Cal State, Fullerton, California, says he has built a device
that achieves time varied changes in mass using ordinary capacitors.
And British inventor Marcus Hollingshead announced in 2002 that he invented a machine designed like
the spinning configuration proposed by John Searl that modified gravity.
There is a belief among some spiritualists that all humans possess the spirit of the Creator God within.
Thus we create the universe in which we live. If this is true, then all things are possible. All that we need to do is believe
in the possibility of achievement, and the goal can eventually be reached.
Man has done a lot of seemingly impossible things in recent years. We went to the Moon, we created computer
technology that we believe will someday rival the mind of man and we mapped the genetic makeup of the human body. If we seek
to someday defy gravity, it will be done.
That the scientific world is busy working on this problem is probably a good sign.
may be another, more covert reason that research for achieving anti-gravity machines has been such a slow and difficult operation.
Journalist Nick Cook’s book, The Hunt For Zero Point, suggests that the United States military has been seriously working
on anti-gravity “electrogravitics technology” since the 1950s. The strange rash of UFO sightings that began in
those years may have been our own secret experimental aircraft, Cook writes. Such engines could lift and propel vehicles without
the need for wings or thrust.
feel intuitively that some vehicle has been developed, particularly given that there is this wealth of scientific data out
there, and the Americans have never been slow to pick up on this sort of science,” Cook told a reporter for Reuters.
an aerospace consultant for Jane’s Defense Weekly, said he uncovered evidence that German scientists during the war
years, working under Hitler, had this information and were experimenting even then with anti-gravity devices. The Germans
may have heard about Searl’s work and were seriously looking into the possibility that he had discovered something important.
we question whether all of the flying disk-shaped object observed in the world skies are of Earth origin, it is exciting to
think that someday we all may be flying around like the cartoon characters The Jetson’s in disk-shaped objects that
do not use fossil fuels and defy gravity.