I had always loved the short story ‘Light of Other Days, ‘ by Bob Shaw. The idea of slow glass really intrigued me, where glass was transparent but the light traveling thru it took days, or even years, to reach the other side. It seemed to me that using a combination of normal glass and slow glass tuned to twelve hours travel time would provide a source of constant daylight. A six month slow glass would solve the problem of seasonal heating as well, as you would receive the sunshine and heat of summer in the depths of winter.
That’s why I was sitting in my basement, playing with a Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC). I felt with some careful tuning I could create a transparent virtual particle with a non-virtual size that was larger on the inside than the outside, and could thus be used as a sort of micro-sized slow glass. The bench-top apparatus was hand built, and held the BEC in magnetic containment between two superconducting magnetic rings. I had a simple laser measuring tape pointed thru the rings, as a way to test my success. My idea was that if I created any sort of slow down, the laser beam would measure a longer distance between it and the concrete block wall of the basement.
The laser tape measure I had picked up out of the closeout bin at the local Home Depot: building supply, hardware, and home improvement center, and it had to be activated each time I took a reading as it did not provide continuous measurement. But it did provide an accuracy of hundredths of an inch for distances under 15 feet. The notebook next to it was used to carefully record the date, time, and distance displayed as I ran my experiment at various magnetic intensities, temperatures, and concentrations of BEC between the magnets.
The circular superconducting rings that held the BEC had come from a back-alley deal with an assistant professor at the university. They were as big as I could afford at the time, and had an outer diameter of only an inch, so slightly bigger than an US quarter. I only had about twenty minutes of experimenting time left before the slow drip of the liquid nitrogen onto the superconductors would fail, the magnetic containment would end, and the BEC would transform back into a simple gas and disperse into my custom chamber.
I had managed to get the BEC to fully fill the space between the two circles, and it didn’t seem to be adversely affected by contact with either the liquid nitrogen, or the superconductors. It had become nearly optically transparent, and I continued to fiddle with my adjustments as I attempted to get it completely transparent before time ran out.
My watch was set to beep every minute, and each time it did I took another distance measurement. Fortunately, I had just taken a distance measurement, and was standing a few feet away when there was a loud pop and flash of light. My containment chamber had imploded around the superconducting magnets.
I quickly turned off the apparatus, clicked on my netbook to save the webcam footage, and donned some industrial strength oven gloves to move the whole contraption to my work bench on the other side of the basement. I’d have to disassemble the contraption and rebuild my containment chamber before I could continue. I especially hoped that the magnets in the interior were undamaged as they had been exceedingly expensive, back-alley deal or not.
With the mess out of the way and no sign of fire, I made one last measurement with the laser tape and jotted the measurement down with a note that the experiment had been ended. As I examined the results, something strange jumped out at me: the measurements had not gotten longer, they had gotten shorter! They had, in fact, gotten nearly one inch shorter until the final measurement, which I had taken after the equipment had been removed. This measurement matched my initial starting measurement prior to the forming of the BEC.
Science doing what you don’t expect is always the beginning of the greatest of discoveries. Science doing what you expect only ever tells you that you are not yet wrong. The unexpected results are where new knowledge and understanding come from. I had expected and hoped for something else, but this was new and would need replication. Unfortunately, that would have to wait a week or more until my next paycheck. If the rings were damaged it might be months before I could afford new ones. I had savings, but I also had a very strict budget. I received 2 checks a month from work. The first went to all my monthly expenses, any extra was play money. My second check went into savings, and every six months half my savings went into certificate of deposits.
Two days later I was carefully disassembling the containment container, hoping to recover the most expensive part of my apparatus. I had just peeled back the warped Plexiglas to uncover the superconducting rings. The BEC had long since destabilized and dissipated and only the bent, crushed, and warped frame remained. There, in the center were two perfectly unharmed superconducting rings.
I carefully reached in and removed the first. It seemed undamaged, but I would put it under my microscope to check for microfractures later. As I reached in to pull the second ring out, something magical happened. My finger slipped into the ring, but didn’t come out the other side. I froze for a moment as my mind tried to wrap itself around this event.
I could still feel my finger. There was no pain, or sensation. A quick check showed that the finger had not somehow become invisible as it exited the other side. I could remove my finger, and did so, carefully watching when it came out unharmed.
I slid another finger in, feeling the edge. I could feel the outer edge of the ring, or so it seemed, but the finger went into the hole, and didn’t come out the other side. I glanced down at the other ring, sitting on the worktop, and froze again. There, coming out of the other ring, the one laying on the worktop a full foot from me, was the tip of my finger, carefully feeling the edge of the other superconducting ring.
I snatched my finger back, and looked thru the ring. I could see thru the ring. When i say this, I mean that there was no evidence of anything different, there was no visual clue that extreme weirdness was about to happen. I picked up the ring off the worktop, and slid a finger into it. My heart was beating wildly as I saw my finger reach out of the other ring that I was holding. I slipped that ring over the same finger on the opposite hand. I now had my right pointer sticking out of the ring on my left hand, and my left pointer sticking out of the ring on my right hand. It was bizarre.
A person’s fingers normally fit next to their neighbor, matching the similar contour. Your pointer fingers are not exactly straight because of this, and now mine both appeared to be bending away from the other fingers. I pulled the rings off and sat them on the counter. It was cool, but I needed to do more experiments before I stuck anymore parts of my body in them. I grabbed a small lead box I had constructed once to hold a piece of green quartz, pulled out my pseudo kryptonite, dropped the two rings in it, and closed the lid. Then I went upstairs to get a beer. Maybe two. Maybe more.
The next day I was off work. I spent the morning recovering from my bender, and lunch was spent itemizing a list of testing protocols. I think the part that had me so disturbed was that I could see thru the ring with no visible sign that anything was different. And yet, I put a finger thru and the bizarreness began again.
With my testing protocols set, I gathered my supplies and headed to the basement. After removing the lid off my lead box, my Geiger counter shower no reaction beyond background radiation. I left it on and pointed in the directions of the rings. Then a small steel bar was inserted into the ring. No change in radiation detected, so that was good. Again the impossible happened, and the bar entered into the one ring and exited the other.
I tried both rings, from either direction. There was a correlation: the same entrance side always corresponded to the same opposing ring’s exit side. Even when I turned the rings while the steel bar was sticking thru them, there was no radiation. I was thinking that I’d somehow created some sort of wormhole or gateway. For my next experiment, I shined a laser thru, and it had no effect - the light did not activate the gateway. I blew air thru, and could feel the puff of air thru the gateway. I put a fiber optic cable thru, and finally the laser light transmitted thru the gateway. I put a great many materials thru the gateway: plastics, glass, metals, ceramics, liquids, even a small fridge magnet. All went thru, without trouble, and just the same as any other object.
Next, I took a small LED light attached to a 9-volt battery via a 10-inch wire. The LED stayed lit as it moved thru the gateway, so I knew that it would transmit electricity.
Then I took the rings out to my garage, and slid them over the wires of my arc welder. The arc welder worked fine, in fact the rings made it portable in the sense that my welder transformer could stay where it was, but the rings freed the welding head to go wherever I needed it. The final test was to slide it over the wire to my 220-volt electric dryer. Again, no problems.
So I had learned that any material would go thru what I had begun to call a micro gate in my head, and that light would only transit by moving thru another medium, like a fiber optic cable, that was already in the micro gate.
Now to test other forms of energy. Back in my lab, I put the micro gates in a frame with them pointed so the paired exit/entrance were both facing up. I dropped a marble thru, and it popped up and out the other side, then fell back thru, and out where it came in. It continued to pop up and out each ring in turn, each time not getting quite as high. Eventually the marble stopped, with half sticking out the top side of each micro gate.
I then took a red marker and marked one side of each ring in red, so that the corresponding entrance/exits were both marked the same color. I set the rings in a frame about a foot apart, with the red sides facing each other but in a vertical configuration. I dropped the marble thru. It fell into the lower ring, came out the upper, and fell into the first ring again. It continued to fall, slowly gaining speed. It seemed that it was trapped in a cycle, continually falling until it reached terminal velocity. The marble was glass, and had a pretty low weight; I figured that terminal velocity was likely to only be about 30 mph.
I realized that I was looking at some sort of near perpetual motion, as it was trapped falling inside a gravity well, much like a planet in orbit around a star. I wondered briefly if it would be able to achieve a significant fraction of the speed of light if I did the same experiment in a vacuum? That thought scared me enough to go get a beer, but just one this time.
When I returned, I removed the marble. I had determined that gravity did not pass thru the gateway, but that gravity could move an object thru the gateway. Once it was on the other side of the micro gate then local conditions, such as the direction of up, prevailed. This was a change in a frame of reference that belied all my previous scientific experience
To test this, I placed one ring in a jug of water with the red side up, and held the other over the jug, red side facing down. The water poured out of the ring into the jug. I set the upper ring in a frame to hold it, and pondered what I had.
I needed to discover if I could replicate the original experiment. If so then I had something that would be truly revolutionary. I would need to make some purchases to do that.
I had a good job, I worked 4 days a week as a garbage truck driver. I’m unmarried, happily so, and rent a small older house in an old neighborhood. I have a degree in engineering, which is what got me the garbage driver job. My truck is the only automated truck in use, it only takes one driver to operate, but tends to have small breakdowns, or hiccups, if the driver does not control the system exactly right. So they had to hire an engineer to run it, and keep it running. Since it’s mostly driving, it’s hard to keep my weight down, but I hit the local gym twice a week after work.
Most of my extra play income goes to my hobby of inventing and making. I belong to the local maker group, and teach a welding class there once a month. My lead box was a Maker project for superhero month. The local maker group is part of a statewide organization that has various competitions every other month on various themes, and it had been my entry.
It was going to take about 500 dollars for the materials to recreate the experiment, plus whatever a new set of rings would cost. I kept racking my brain though, trying to think of ways I could make money with the single set of micro gates I had. I could see ways I could use them to save money, like putting one down my well, and letting gravity pull the water thru the gate into the house. Each atmosphere would produce about 14 psi, and it’s about 34 feet for each atmosphere produce by water at depth. The problem is knowing the depth of water in my well, and realizing that the size of the ring would limit the volume that could flow, it would be a good idea but it would take more than one. I also imagined setting them up one above the other with a wire coil suspended inside, and magnets in perpetual falling. Even with a vacuum, the coil would create a magnetic drag so I wouldn’t have to worry about out of control speed.
These were all long term projects that would only save me a little money each month, not make any. The best choice would to be convert a vehicle to run on ac power and simply plug it into the house via a micro gate. I could even run an Ethernet cable thru and hook up a wireless router. A cheap pay as you go plan, and a WiFi calling app and I could save real money. A quick calculation showed that i’d save 120 a month on cell phone plans with data, and over 150 a month on gas.
I had a nice 240v motor already that would be suitable, and even had an old project car that I had been working on in the garage. It was a 1998 factory electric Ford Ranger that I had picked up cheap as it had bad batteries. The seats were badly torn up because an animal got inside as the owner left it parked for several years after it stopped running. I had fixed the interior, but had not yet installed batteries, as until now I was hoping to find a wrecked Tesla. It already had a speed controller, I just needed to replace the motor, and adjust the mounts so it would fit.
After opening it up I realized I was getting too complicated, and just needed to provide a DC current into the controller in lieu of the battery pack. The vehicle was already significantly lighter with the batteries gone.
A quick addition of a new 30 amp breaker to my electrical panel and fed the 2 foot long 110v wire thru the micro gate, and hooked up to a nice 4 plug water proof power box to the wire on the other side of the gate. A little hot glue to hold the gate inside the box, and a quick mount inside the battery compartment. Then I plugged in the DC convertor, and wired it in.
I turned the key, and it showed I was at full power. A full turn of the ignition and I took off, driving around the block. It worked perfect! Back to the garage, I now carefully ran an Ethernet cable thru the micro gate, but from the opposite direction, and fed it out of the hole I had cut in the waterproof box. I ran the cable up into the cab, mounted the router behind the seat, and then plugged it into the second power plug. I still had 2 free plugs for putting power tools to use.
Suddenly, I had an idea. I could use the truck to sell internet access at events, and the power to do things like a hotdog stand or other concession. That would generate income right away. The internet access part would be easy, I would just flash a new rom to my router, and connect up a billing back end. Both were available as open source, and would be easy enough to do, as I could use my existing PayPal to process payments. It would be completely web based, so no customers contact required, just a really powerful antenna, and fast speed.
I setup the router first, I’d have to ask the guys at the Makerspace which places they would suggest. Either way, already I’d be saving money. The more I save, the more my savings would grow. My long term goal was a house off the grid, in the middle of nowhere, as a place to retire to, my short term goal was figuring out the most cost effective way to produce micro gates in quantity.
Once I had them in sufficient numbers it would be all about using them to make tons of money. My mind kept throwing ideas at me. Space travel would become much easier with a micro gate to provide unlimited fuel, water, food, and oxygen, plus FTL communications without the mass penalty of carrying it all with you.
Buy gigabit internet access via fiber from the cheapest provider on the planet, and pipe it thru a micro gate. Then resell it via more wifi micro gates. Partner with an investment company that has stock trade servers to provide faster access to stock data. They could even put their most powerful servers somewhere less expensive to run, yet still milliseconds closer to the major world wide stock exchange centers. It would be the equivalent of being milliseconds from every exchange on Earth all at the same time.
Cable companies would want them as it would give them the same advantages that the satellite providers have, without the excessive start up costs. They could simply mail anyone, anywhere, a cable box that would provide subscription TV service, without any ongoing cable maintenance or paying taxes on miles and miles of company transmission lines.
Tesla would be interested in micro gates I was sure, as I had just made their new battery factory obsolete. I wondered how much cheaper the new model 3 would be if a battery pack wasn’t required.
Micro gates also solved the energy transport problem of satellite based solar power systems. With a cheap micro gate delivery system to space, not low Earth orbit, but inner system solar orbit, each new electric car could not only be self powered with no recharging ever, it could also be used as a power source at home when not being driven.
So many ideas! I’m sure more would come.
That night I dreamt I built a rocket that was propelled by a stream of water sent thru a micro gate. The pressure required was provided by dropping one end of the micro gate in the Marianas trench. It ended up being a bit of a nightmare as I couldn’t find a way to stop the flow. I just kept accelerating, I could turn the ship around and cancel my acceleration, but eventually I would stop for a moment then begin to reaccelerate.
I woke knowing that I needed some sort of fail safe. I needed a way to destroy a gate, to be sure I could put a stop to it. I wasn’t going to do that until I had more, just in case the first was a fluke.
I contacted my source at the University, explained I was looking for more superconducting rings, and wanted as many as I could get. I also explained that I would likely need a permanent source for them and asked where the University got them. I learned I could get 3 more sets, for a total of 6 rings, but that it would cost more. He also gave me the name of the company that produced them.
I drove over after work and purchased the 3 sets for $3000. Then I called the company that made them. I explained what I was looking for, and got a quote for 30 sets, at $750 a set. I told them I would consider it, and call back when ready to order. The company would be cheaper than my source at the University but the 30 set price was the minimum order they would do for a private sale.
Already I could restart the experiment. I had ordered a refill of my dewar of liquid nitrogen and gathered the other materials, including a new stronger plexiglass enclosure. I spent the rest of the evening setting everything up for experimenting after work when I would pick up the liquid nitrogen.
The next day I followed the same procedures. As before the was a blast of light, and the containment structure implode. The stronger material bent, but did not break or collapse this time. When I tried to open it, I discovered that the implosion was the result of a strong vacuum being created. For some reason the process of creating a micro gate caused all the gas, BEC and other fluid materials to get sucked somewhere other than the container. I had to drill a hole into the plexiglass to release the vacuum as I couldn’t break it any other way without severely damaging the enclosure, which I only had the one.
Once the vacuum released the enclosure popped back into shape. I removed the rings and quickly verified that I now owned a second set of micro gates. A quick reset and I repeated the operation two more times. I now had a total of 4 gate sets. One was still in my truck, the other 3 sets were ready for experimentation!
I cleared my work bench and began my experiments. I soon discovered that these 3 gates acted the same way. Light did not seem to activate the gate function, unless it was crossing thru a medium such as a fiber optic, but the slightest breeze would blow thru. I wondered if perhaps a few photons were passing thru but I just couldn’t detect them. Radio waves too would only transmit when there was a medium to transmit, such as a wire or antenna. Heat and cold passed thru equally well in whatever medium was used. I tested this by taking two copper rods at room temperature, and submerging one end in an ice bath. Because both rods were in the same ice water bath, partially submerged the same amount, and at the same starting temperature, I could compare the temperature change on the other end of the rod. The rod that went thru a micro gate showed the same temperature as the non gate rod. Not super accurate, but enough to show no measurable loss or gain of temperature during transit thru the gate.
It took a bit of work to figure out how to tie a string around one side of a gate. I had to actually loop it around the other gate before I could tie it off on the gate I wanted attached to a string. With the string in place I could determine that the orientation of the ring, and it’s speed had no effect on the other ring.
I did this by swinging the tied ring around my head while sticking a metal rod in and out of the stationary half of the micro gates. The rotation put a small pull on anything inserted into the stationary ring, and as more of the rod passed thru, the spinning ring dropped lower as it’s weight increased. something odd was happening with conservation of momentum and local reference frames.
Finally I tried my electricity generating experiment. I took a very thin walled pvc pipe, wrapped in a tight coil of varnished copper wire. The PVC was slightly smaller than the gate. A little PVC glue held a ring at one end, and a group of neodymium magnets slightly smaller than the pipe were inserted inside. I inserted the magnets so that they were repelling each other inside the pipe. Then I carefully placed the opposing gate on the other side of the pipe, and held it in place, as I tipped the pipe on end. I could feel the weight of the magnets as they slid to the bottom, thru the gate, and came out the top gate and back into the pipe.
A volt meter showed that I was producing dc power, not much, but enough to charge a smartphone. The pipe was only about a foot long, so it was a rather interesting experiment, but not overly useful. I’d have to do some calculations on an 8 foot pipe with multiple windings, and more magnets.
That reminded me that my truck needs a power upgrade. The motor itself was a 3 phase AC motor, and I had researched the speed controller and found it has both an AC and DC input. I left the 110v connection, and added a new 50 amp 240v breaker. I ran the wire thru a second gate, added its exit gate to a new waterproof electric box, and wired it directly into the speed controller.
I tested the truck again, and noticed a slightly quicker response as the power did not have to convert to DC then back to AC again. This also now left me 3 free 110v plugs for running other equipment. I pulled out my spare router that I had been using in the truck and replaced it with my much more powerful home router, which had the internet resale access software installed. I set it for 1 hour of unlimited data for $2. I had an app that would let me start and stop service, or even set a timer so it would start and stop automatically. I would have to set it so that it would not sell access beyond the time I would be leaving with the vehicle.
I put the router from the truck back in the house, as the truck gave me great wifi connection at home when I parked in the garage, but didn’t reach the basement very well.
I was thinking about my truck, and how I was glad I hadn’t installed the motor I had originally considered. It was a motor originally designed for the oil industry, it was waterproof, 800 hp, and 2300 rpm top speed. It would have ripped the tires off the truck. It was the kind of motor you would put in a piece of earthmoving equipment, or an even better idea, in an RV!
I was imagining all the ways I could use micro gates to provide all the comforts of home when it dawned on me that my DC generator was a motor in reverse.
I quickly ran down to the basement where it was still running, and disconnected the cell phone I was charging as a proof of concept. A quick rewire and I started feeding electricity into the coil. The magnets started moving upward, instead of falling. I picked the pipe up of the stand that held it vertical on the workbench. As I turned up the current, it began to feel heavier. I gave it a 180 degree turn, so the magnets were now being propelled down, and it resisted, acting almost like a gyroscope. Once I had it turned around it felt noticeably lighter. I set it on a scale back in the original position, throttled the power back to where the magnets were held steady against gravity. I got the scale to reset to show zero weight. Then I turned up the electricity, as I watched the weight begin to climb on the digital readout.
For every action there is an equal but opposite reaction. The motor was accelerating the magnets up. The result was the motor was pushing itself down. This was understandable. The difference was that it was reusing the same mass. Normally in a closed system you don’t get this effect, but the magnets were behaving as if I was accelerating in an unending supply.
This was awesome! I had imagined selling micro gates to SpaceX so they could refuel their craft, or even pump fuel directly to the rocket motors from an Earth bound tank. This was so much bigger, this was a reactionless drive, something completely out of the realm of possibility of all logic and known science!
There was only one thing to do, shut down the experiments, and go get drunk.
I was into my third beer and was pondering what to do when the magnetic portion of the thruster matched speed with the motor, thrust would stop at that point, in that direction. I imagined rotating the pipe, and then running it in reverse, but turning it over like that risked damage at those speeds. I tried to think of some design where one after another would take over, each going a few degrees in a circle until it was facing the opposite direction, then would run backwards gaining thrust from the sliding down of the magnetic projectiles.
Then it dawned on me, I just needed to use 2 gate pairs, and 2 pipes. One pipe would accelerate the magnetic mass in the opposite direction you wanted to travel. At the end it would enter a gate where it’s pair was pointed in the opposite direction, and enter a tube where the moving magnetic mass was used to generate electricity. The resulting drag would impart the momentum of the moving mass in the same direction. At the top of the second tube, the gate pairs would again take the mass and transit it so it was going in the opposite direction. It would then be accelerated and generate thrust.
A constant stream of material would flow thru the gates, both producing thrust in the same direction, while recovering much of the energy. It would take power to get it up to speed, but it could be mostly self sustaining.
One thing I had noticed is that whatever went thru the gate never seemed to touch the inner side of the gate rings. It seemed to be a virtually frictionless, or at least the micro gate acted to center anything going thru, and hold it firmly in the center. That reminded me I had not yet measured what the maximum diameter that would go thru my micro gates.
I was too buzzed to do anything about it but I jotted down notes and a rough drawing, so I would remember the following day, and went to bed.
The next day after another fitful night of sleep, and another boring day at work, I came home with plans. I spent a few minutes re running the wires from my breaker box so that everything only used one gate. That gave me 3 gate pairs to play with. It was time to test one pair to destruction.
My smartphone had a flexible silicone cover, so I plugged my phone charger in the wall, added the 180 degree plug, designed for docking applications, to the end of the charger and connected it thru a gate. The gate and wire got placed behind the silicone case, and now I had a smartphone that would never die.
I took one of my gate pairs, and got in my truck, hitting a drive thru for dinner I headed to an old abandoned quarry. I had all my needed supplies in the back of my truck. When I got to the quarry, I tied a 200lb fishing line around the gate, attached it to a fishing pole, and cast it as far into the water filled quarry as I could.
The opposing gate immediately began to gush water. I attached a flow meter, and began to measure the water flow as I let the line run out. The gate was inside a steel pipe, so water was flowing thru both sides of the micro gate. The end with the gate was capped, but the part that had the flowing water coming out had the flow meter attached.
The flow meter rate slowly slid upwards as I continued to let the line out. I knew that the quarry was a couple hundred feet deep, as it was occasionally used as a training location for local rescue divers. My line reached its end at a 150 feet. I set the fishing rod down, and watched the flow meter. I started the stopwatch on the smartphone as the numbers rolled over. It measured flow with a mechanical digital readout, in 1/10ths of a cubic foot. It was moving very fast. At 60 seconds I took a picture of the read out. It showed 15.4 cubic feet. A quick calculation and I had about 120 gpm flow. 3 or 4 gates would be enough water flow for a pretty significant micro hydro turbine. That set me off thinking about lowering one gate on a long cable near the Marianas trench, then setting up a turbine running on the pressure at the surface, with the power then going thru a micro gate to wherever I needed it. I could even put the drive shaft thru a gate so my generator would not have to be in the middle of the ocean where I could not get to it.
Anyway, back to my experimentation, I turned the shutoff valve that was on the pipe. The water flow stopped as it could no longer exit. A small pressure meter on the side of my water pipe contraption showed I had not quite 65psi. That calculated it to just about 150 feet deep. The pipe was rated for 90 psi so no problems there. I pulled the micro gate back up with the fishing rod. Then dumped the water out of my pipe contraption and retrieved the other gate.
I took my pistol out of the glove compartment of the truck, slid one gate over the muzzle of the revolver, and tied the other gate to a limb hanging over the water. I carefully made sure that the muzzle extending thru the gate was pointed away from me, and toward the water.
I pulled the trigger, and it made a clear double bang as the gun fire in my hand and the bullet exited the muzzle that was 25 feet from me. I examined the gates, and found no signs of wear. I was wondering if any of the revolver kick would be transmitted into the tree, but it appeared that all the kick remained in the gun. I could easily imagine a glove with a built in micro gate, and the other gate set to a remote trigger rifle. I’d be able to point the gate and fire bullets from my hands.
Before my imagination ran off creating super hero weapons, I got back to my next test. I set up a small anvil with a frame to hold one gate steady. Then I set up my sledge hammer in a timer triggered drop arm over the gate. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen, but I knew that the material the superconducting rings were made of would shatter under that force. I know that when the gate formed mass disappeared from my containment chamber. I wasn’t sure where it went, or if breaking the ring would have any effect on the gate that seemed to reside inside it. I left the opposite micro gate ring on the ground on a small flat rock on the other side of the quarry, then drove away after setting a 15 minute timer. That was enough time to get two hills between me and the gates before I smashed them.
As the time came close, I stopped the truck, and pulled out my Geiger counter. I knew anytime you had a matter to energy release it was possible to get a radiation release too, and I wanted to be careful.
The time came and a big boom echoed over the hills. My radiation meter didn’t wave beyond background, so I got back in the truck and drove back to the quarry. I kept the window down and the Geiger counter pointed towards the quarry. If it suddenly went off, I was going to turn around and flee.
No sign of radiation as I pulled into the quarry again. It took 28 minutes to get back. There was clear signs of an explosion, but it was where I had left the second gate, not where my anvil and sledgehammer were. The superconducting ring hit by the hammer had shattered into five pieces, but otherwise seemed fine. I drove around the quarry to where I had left the gate on small rock. There was a hole there now. It was about 10 feet across and about 4 feet deep. There was no sign of the rock that had been there. There was also no sign of the gate.
I quickly collected up my stuff and drove home. If I ever had a gate stolen, I could smash one side of the micro gate and ruin the day of the thief.
I stopped for more food on the way home, then went right to bed, as it was just getting to be a little much, especially as I imagined unsuspecting people with micro gates hidden on their person or in their luggage, being turned into unwilling and unsuspecting terrorist bombers.
After work I began building something I could sell. I welded together 2 steel boxes using 1 inch steel plate. Using the 2 pairs of micro gates I had remaining, I wired together a gigabit router cable into each steel box. I drilled out an Ethernet plug for each box, inserted a gate, and hot glued it down to the interior. I threaded the cable and plug into the box, and thru the gate, then welded it shut. By using 2 sets of gates, it meant that I could remote sever the connection between the two boxes. It also meant that I could remote detonate them as well.
A quick check on Facebook located contact info for an old college friend. An instant message later my phone rang.
“Hi Frank” I answered. “Hey Tim, what’s up?” “I’ve invented something amazing, and need you to see it.”
Frank asked a few questions, and agreed to see me and my invention. I made arrangements to fly out to see him in New York on my next 3 day weekend.
I booked a flight leaving Saturday night, as my normal work week was Wednesday thru Saturday. I had two days to get ready. At home I set up a webcam and a small computer, with a small screen. I took all my notes and encrypted them then split them into five files, which I encrypted again, and sent each one to five or six different file storage sites.
I now had redundant backup files. I created a record of each file location, and set up a digital dead drop. If it had no contact from me in one week, then it would email the file locations, and encryption keys with a nice cover letter explaining who I was, what I had invented, and that something had happened to me so I was making my invention open source.
I set the dead drop to email the New York Times, Israeli, French, Chinese, British, and Iranian intelligence services for good measure. I almost added North Korea, but decided South Korea, and South Africa would be a better choices. I also put the EFF on the list. I then built a second copy of my steel box, this one with a power plug in one end, and a power cord in the other, and the same gigabit capacity cable.
I marked the first box set as RTMSQE 1a, and RTMSQE 1b. It stood for room temperature macro scale quantum entanglement. It of course was no such thing, but conveyed an idea of high tech science fiction turned fact, that included the idea of some sort of quantum entanglement and teleportation.
I marked the second box as RTMSQE 2a+, and RTMSQE 2b+, with the plus signifying power. I hooked up a second webcam, this one a security model that allowed remote control over direction. Then I wired up a robotic arm that was also wifi controlled for the rest of my experimental display.
I plugged RTMSQE 2a+ into the wall, and carefully packed the other three for my flight. I would just have to switch back to my gas car for the next 2 days at work.
Saturday night I headed straight from work to the airport. I checked my bags, but kept my prototype boxes as carry on. A few hours later I landed in New York, and got a pick up from the hotel shuttle. The Hilton was an ok hotel. I had a basic room. I plugged my laptop into RTMSQE 2b+ and checked my email. I don’t know when more expensive hotels started charging for internet, maybe they always have, but it’s ridiculous. Motel 6 has free WiFi.
Everything looked good, so I took a nice hot shower and went to bed.
The next morning Frank picked me up and took me to his office. He worked at a law firm that handled major clients, as well as a significant patent department. Frank ran their IT department. I showed him my 1a and 1b boxes, explained the acronym and let him play with them. He used 2 company laptops and connected them together. I let him play with them for a bit, then he asked for permission to take one of them for an experiment. When I agreed he took it down to their server room, which was shielded with a Faraday cage. He came back to excitedly tell me it worked thru the shielding.
Once he was over his excitement, he went and got the senior partner, Bob Henderson, who oversaw the patent department at the office. I explained that I had developed a way to quantum teleport data over huge distances, at high speed.
Frank explained the testing he had done using two laptops. I explained that I could demonstrate coast to coast data transferral, completely secure, with 1 millisecond or better response time. I pulled out my #2 box and handed an instruction sheet to Frank. He used his personal laptop to connect to the internet and ping, then connect to one of my webcams. He panned it around my living room, stopping on the computer screen that showed the ping request he had sent.
I explained that this demonstrated that the computer was there in California, that the ping rate was 32ms. I then had Frank connect up one of the extra laptops to my #2b box, and had him ping it. It showed a 1ms ping time, as it was connected to the computer on screen directly. I had him pan the camera out the window where a local landmark was visible. I showed them the location of the house on Google maps, then brought up the street view that showed that same land mark across the street from my house.
The traffic driving by showed that it was a live view. The partner was impressed, and asked about the power plug. I explained that teleporting ones and series was just teleporting electrons. Electrons are electricity, so I could teleport that too. Frank swung the camera to box 2a that showed it was plugged into the wall. I suggested that they have someone test the power from the plug. Voltage, and waveform would readily identify it as regular mains power not a battery with an inverter.
I then explained that the box was 1 inch steel plate to protect the contents. That I was not sure about patenting it as I was concerned about some sort of government pull on the patent placing it as an official secret, or other nonsense. I also stated that I was sure it was a billion dollar a year product.
I mentioned potential uses in communications that could not be detected or jammed, faster connections to the world stock markets so that the trading computers could get the data and make the trades faster than anyone else, and explained the advantage of being able to have instant access to two stock exchanges that traded the same stock, but at slightly different prices.
He just kept nodding. finally he told me that it was a multi billion dollar idea. He said he didn’t think that it would be wise to patent as too much advantage could be made of it first, and that would disappear once patented. He then offered to buy in, 25 million for 25% of a company that would trade stocks. I would provide the RTMSQE devices to the company for my 75% share. He would retire from the law firm and run the company.
He said he knew all the people necessary to get connected, said that from the 25 million, 15 would be to fund the company’s infrastructure build out, the other 10 would be for me personally so I could devote more time to building the RTMSQE and doing further research.
Frank said that he wanted the job of building and maintaining the servers. I told him that we could locate anywhere in the country, or even the planet, and asked him where he wanted to live. He thought about it for a minute and said, Arizona. Few natural disasters, and there is a nice big nuclear plant for consistent power just west of Phoenix. A semi buried location would provide protection from the heat, and we would have a reliable solar backup.
Bob was fine with that as he realized the corporate office not being where the servers were would be an extra level of security. We would not even need to have any programmers at the server site. When I explained that we could use my device to bring in power from anywhere, Frank said he would find a nice geologically stable location that would have lower temperature. He was thinking North Dakota.
Bob then explained that there were 60 exchanges world wide but the were only the big 16 to connect to first.
I told him I would quit my job, but stick around until we got the paperwork taken care of.
He told me to meet him here Monday afternoon, as he would be informing the other partners of the firm.
Frank and I went to lunch to celebrate. We agreed in the car not to talk about my invention at lunch. It was fun, but eventually we headed back to my hotel, where we both connected up to 2b+ and surfed looking for a good location. We were both surprised when we found Syracuse New York at the top of a top 10 safest cities from natural disasters list.
I’ve known Frank a few years now, and we have kept in general touch since college. I wasn’t ready to trust him, but we went over a few things that I could teleport. I explained that it worked equally well with photons, and could do fiber optic or ethernet equally well. I explained that there was a size limitation with power cords, of about three quarters of an inch, but there was no limit to what I could teleport, just to what the wire could carry.
With that he went back to searching out areas that would work for a small server farm. I did research on small industrial lots near nuclear power plants that I could use for both selling and buying electricity.
After a few hours we headed down to the bar, then out to dinner. He dropped me off after dinner and went home to my room. I was happy but tired.
Monday came quickly. Monday afternoon a driver picked me up and drove me to the law office. There I meet with Bob who went over the incorporation papers, we were doing a llc. I also meet with another member of the firm who would act as my personal attorney going forward. He went over the paperwork, and recommended that I create a holding company to hold my 75% stake in the new venture. He also recommended a Nevada incorporation for it, he then recommended a fully owned separate llc, under the same holding company, for the manufacturing of my product, and leasing them to the new company. This would allow me to insulate myself further.
I had him go ahead with those changes, so that the holding company would control my personal funds for the 25% stake. Five million would go into an investment account to be invested with the new trading company, five million would go to the manufacturing company, so that I could build whatever I wanted, including the orders for 60 RTMSQE type 1 devices.
Since the trading company would not be using predictive algorithms rather trading instead on better information on the world market, there was little risk. My 5 million investment was expected to grow rapidly. Bobs 15 million for the trading company was earmarked 10 for trading capital, and 5 for building a secure server, and office space. To begin with we would keep the two sums separate. Bob would get 25% dividends on his 10 million as it grew. I would leave my share in the system to keep growing, with the potential future trading of a percentage to a buy in by another person or company. He would take his 25% as wage for running the company. We earmarked 5% of earnings for employee wages, and offered Frank a 5 year vestment with stock options.
All in all everyone was convinced we were going to get very rich.
Three days of meetings and agreements, and nondisclosure agreements later I sat in a meeting with Bob, and explained that while there were potential limitations, there were a number of future uses my device could provide. He agreed to using the money from the trading company to boot strap expansion to other lucrative business. I described a few ideas I had, and Bob described a few he had thought of. He liked that the power distribution system was weather proof. He had done some research and found weather and natural disasters causing loss of power which cost the economy 25 to 40 billion a year in the United States.
I shared my thoughts on how my invention had made the just completed billion dollar Tesla battery factory irrelevant. I also explained that I was working on matter teleportation as well, but early experiments showed it was much more difficult, and would only be of limited utility, as only small amounts could be transferred at a time.
When pressed, I explained it was measured in cubic centimeters, and that I would be working on scaling it up, but was unsure if it was possible, so not expect to put Fedex or UPS out of business. I also explained that right now that each device cost about $1500 in materials, plus my time, about 5 hours, each set.
I then explained the fail safe I had instituted, and that he was free to go ahead running the company as he saw fit should something happen to me, and that he would be added to the recipient list. He also wanted something that would roll off the tongue easier if we ever got to the point of mass production. I agreed, knowing that the acronym I used now was more misdirection and purposefully hard to say as part of that misdirection.
The next day I flew home, first class. I picked up my car, and headed to the local ups office. My new batch of superconducting rings had arrived, and were being held there. I signed for the rings, $22500 worth, and headed home.
Once home I unpacked, took a hot shower and went out to eat. The next morning I got my electric truck back up and running. I turned off the resale feature of my wifi router, as I no longer had to worry about money, and got everything back to where it was, disconnecting my webcams and packing away my RTMSQE boxes.
I setup my lab, and started making micro gate pairs. I had ordered the same size as I had started with, but had made another order of varying sizes after receiving the check from Bob. They wouldn’t arrive for a few days.
I worked thru the day and night, having pizza delivered as I still had not gone grocery shopping since my return home. Finally with the last of my 30 pairs of micro gate completed I fell into bed.
The next day I met a friend at the local makerspace, handed him the specifications for a 1 inch steel plate box, and a small pile of cash. He would build the boxes for me, freeing up time for other projects. I had him build a hundred, and to deliver them in sets of 20. I would pay him more money on each delivery.
We talked a bit about what they were for, and I explained that they were to be mini safes to be mounted inside vehicles. He had heard about my quitting my job, and I just told him that I was going to switch to small job manufacturing, and would do be moving out of state. He and the other guys all expressed they were sad to see me go.
From there I headed to the hardware store where I picked up supplies. Then I finally went grocery shopping, getting mostly frozen meals, as I was going to be very busy.
After putting things away, I went to the local junk yard where a very nice double decker bus was. It had been purchased originally from England to give tours at London bridge in Lake Havasu Arizona, but had run afoul of vandals, and seriously torched. The frame was in good shape, and it was double length, with an articulation in the middle.
It was relatively cheap, and I soon was owner. From there I followed a tow truck as it was pulled into a local repair yard. The repair yard would gut the interior, fix the glass, repair the fire damage, remove the engine, and finally rhino coat the entire vehicle body inside and out. Interior to be a nice white, exterior to be a soft blue.
Once coated the shop would then install new driver seats, and rewire all the lighting adding LED lights. It would take about a month, and while that was happening I would be preparing a design for a custom coach builder I had contacted.
The design would be basic, but sturdy. Living area at the front, followed by kitchen and dining, then a small bathroom with shower, and a ladder to 2 queen beds and a closet on the upper deck. The second part of the bus would have the master bathroom, an interior ladder to the upper deck, and a master bedroom, behind the master bedroom would be an office area. The upper decks did not join like the lower decks did. So I could continue to tinker and invent, the upper deck was being turned into a mini workshop. The shop was also raising the ceiling over the front living room section to full height, and putting in skylights, removing part of the the upper deck.
I had $250,000 earmarked for the project. I wanted to travel, do so comfortably, and knew I would need to visit various locations. While in New York I had also contacted a company about hiring a cook and driver couple could who could also act as bodyguards. My lawyers had recomended a firm. It would take time for them to find candidates, which was fine as I wasn’t going anywhere for a while.
That done I went home and began sketching out my plans for a reactionless drive. I had two ideas, the first was to use a sealed pipe with multiple iron plugs. It would be a two chamber design. The plugs would be the width of the pipe, and be separated by a liquid. The plugs would be accelerated opposite the direction of motion by a linear induction motor into a micro gate. Exiting the micro gate they would be moving in the direction of motion, which was opposite of the direction they had been traveling at. A similar induction accelerator would then be used to decelerate the iron plugs, moving the momentum into the drive system. At the end of the second stage the micro gate would return the iron plug to the beginning of the loop for acceleration.
I wasn’t sure how well it would work, I was worried about fiction generating heat, the distance between the linear induction motor and the iron plugs due to the size of the pipe, and whether it could be slowed down, yet still move fast enough for the accelerating portion of the drive to keep fed with plugs.
My second designed used a similar design, but required twice as many. The reason is it used a single solid iron bar, perhaps hollow and filled with gold or lead to increase mass. They traveled the same way as the plugs. Because it seemed logical that you can’t decelerate and accelerate the same bar at the same time, the device would switch between the two modes. That’s why it took twice as many. One set would always be accelerating, while the other set would be decelerating. They would switch back and forth as well.
This would provide constant thrust, or at least I hoped. One set could do it, but I knew that the acceleration and deceleration passes would produce different thrust and I didn’t want to cause motion sickness.
The more I considered it, the plug version would likely always produce pulsing thrust, as each plug passed thru the system. It might be a good emergency patch but for constant stable thrust, it would take alternating accelerators. It reminded me of the early gas engine that had 12 cylinders so that they could provide constant smooth thrust. Perhaps a 4 cylinder system was still too premature. I’d start with 4 and then go to 8 and 12 to test. My goal was to design a reactionless thrust system that could provide both orbital lift, but also smooth constant acceleration. At a constant 1g (9.8m/s²) acceleration Mars is about two days away. One day accelerating, a turn to face the opposite direction, and one day decelerating into orbit.
I was pretty sure that my thrusters would be capable of that. Since fuel was not the issue, they just had to lift more than they weighed. As long as the lift to weight ratio was in my favor I could just make them bigger or add more of them. The trick was to design a functioning unit first, then scale up.
With a 4 micro gate pair design decided on, I began to build. I used of the shelf components for the induction motors, just taking components designed for replacing windings inside an AC motor, and chaining them together in a vertical orientation.
I set the motors just a single millimeter from the iron rod I’d start with. I placed them in a triangular fashion around the rod, and threaded it onto and thru a gate.
Coming out the next gate, I passed it thru a few more until I had it running thru 4 gates, or 2 gate pairs. The rod was only about 3 feet in length, so when I adjusted the gates to be held in a frame, I had both ends of the rod touching each other. A quick arc weld later and the rod now was firmly fixed to itself.
I added the components that would act to slow it down, and wired it up to run. I set a relay so I could switch between the accelerating side, and the decelerating sides of the thruster, just by flipping a switch. I also set a master power switch. Finally I set it all on a big scale that I had. It weighed about 34 lbs. So to get lift I would need more than that in thrust. Should be easy enough.
I set up my cameras to record, and flipped the power switch. The rod began moving as it was accelerating thru the gates. I slowly increased the power, watching the weight display on the scale get lower. I kept increasing the speed, and as I did the weight kept decreasing.
I paused for a moment, holding the speed steady. I was at 25% of available power, and weight was showing 2lbs. It was about every two seconds I had to switch between accelerating and decelerating. As soon as the speed steadied, imparted acceleration stopped. Flipping the switch produced only a tiny jiggle in the weight, not likely to be something that would be the problem I thought it was.
I had noticed that it was rocking a bit as I switched between them. I had the two stages next to each other, there was no reason not to stack them one over the other, which would solve that problem. I made a note about that design change, then realized that I was wasting micro gates, as they are two sided, and each side can act as a gate to its corresponding gate side, that’s why each of them were marked in red on one side. I had been using just the red side, and ignoring the unmarked side!
I drew it out on a piece of paper, and by adding one more set of gates, and stacking them vertically I could get the sets of rods operating all at once.
Since the issue was that I only had thrust while accelerating the rod, this was the more complicated version, but was simpler in terms of friction and being able to move the thruster in different directions. I kept coming back to the thruster design using iron plugs. If each acel/decel set only had one plug, and the plug was only slightly smaller that the area it traveled thru, it would do a straight line acceleration very well. But if you tried to turn the plug would miss the gate, or worse, hit it causing it’s counter part to explode. It seemed like a viable space missile thruster though, perhaps as some sort of kinetic impactor.
With my new design I built it as quickly as I could. I set a master speed control, but this time added a tiny bit of reflective paint on the rod. I set a small sensor that used a light to detect the paint, and activate the accel/decel switch. To be safe I set one sensor on each one of the two thruster module pairs, so it was a total of six switches, on three rods, stacked vertically.
I had it securely chained down, but with a little extra slack, as this time I wanted to get an actual lift off. The scale showed 102 lbs, and it stood 9 feet tall. I started ramping up the power, but not much was happening lift wise, I got too clever with my alternating switches, they were switching too often, and neither side of the thruster was able to generate enough thrust before turning off.
I got less clever, and added in an offset, so I could control how many times the sensor triggered before it activated the switch. I set it to 5, and it worked much better as I increased the power. Still at 25% I wasn’t getting down to 6 lbs like I thought I should have, the offset was still too low. I adjusted it slowly from 5 to 12. finally at 12 it came down to 5 lbs. I slowly increased the power and at 31% it read 0.1 lbs. A quick calculation said that I could lift 200 or so lbs at full power, at this power ratio. I notched it over to 32 percent and it lifted!
Its lift was steady, and delightfully smooth. I slowly edged it up, taking the slack out of the chain holding it down. It was ridgid now, and I gave it a little push from the side, but it resisted, much as a gyroscope would resist.
I lowered it back down, turning off the power, it slowly sank back to the scale, and settled. Time to construct a casing. I simply slipped over a pvc pipe of 10 inches in diameter. It was 10 feet long, so I capped the bottom, and glued on some fins to act as stabilizers, plus it made it look cool.
I ran the control cabling, and power supply thru a micro gate, then epoxied it heavily so I would not have atmosphere loss thru the gate. As it dried I built my control capsule. It consisted of 2 offset motorized gyroscopes, that could induce directional control in 4 directions. I wired it up to a small joystick for control. I then took clear Plexiglass and created a nose cone. The top of the cone was flat, and I installed a webcam there that faced forward, that would be my piloting camera. Behind it I placed my remote controlled webcam, so that it could turn a full 360 degrees, and look out the sides, as well as the front. This would be my exploring camera. The power and data cables went thru another gate and I sent a USB GPS dongle thru as well. I heavily epoxied the micro gate to seal the wires, but not before slipping an Ethernet cable thru just in case. Then I closed up the plexiglass nose cone and attached it to my rocket.
It was dark, so I moved the rocket to the back yard. Once set up, and pointing upwards, I went back in the house and hooked up my cameras. I used 3 separate computers, one just relayed the GPS data into a map, showing location, altitude, and speed, recording all the data. The other showed the forward view, recording it to the local drive in full 1080p. The third machine was set with the second camera, and it’s control software. It was only 720p, but using 3 machines it allowed me to easily use 3 monitors to display everything.
I was about to launch, when I realized I had no landing camera, and if I wanted to hover over an area I would not have a way to take a picture. I decided to go quick and dirty, I took another gate, inserted a thick piece of glass, and then glued it to the bottom. I could use my naked eye or hold a webcam, or even my DSLR or camera phone to the glass. I could also use my laser measuring tape to measure distances above the surface if I was to attempt landing somewhere without GPS, like the moon.
The casing had in big letters written on the side, email@example.com I had set the account up so I could post, and maybe live stream videos in the future. I had not installed any lights this time, as I was doing this from my back yard, and didn’t want attention.
I quick check showed that nothing was overhead, a click over to NASA, and verified that the ISS was over Europe and headed toward China, and I launched. The launch was smooth, the camera had adjusted enough to see stars. GPS showed that I was doing about 45 mph. My power was at 45 percent, so I inched it up slowly to 75%, which according to the GPS was at 212 mph. 30 minutes to the edge of space if speed was constant, but acceleration builds. After a minute, the speed increased to 228. That was the best resolution I was going to get as GPS measurements were slow, and had a moderately sized margin of error. Still it was enough data to calculate an acceleration of .119 m/s².
Using the camera I was able to center a bright star in the sky as my aim point. Carefully using the joystick every few minutes I would recenter that same star as my aiming point. Since it was dark, I didn’t have much else to aim for. I had tried my laser range finder but got no distance measurement once I was over 1 mile high. My DSLR was able to take a couple of really nice pictures of my town at night before I got above the clouds.
I made a short list of things to buy, more superconducting rings, a triaxial g sensor that would give me more accurate speed measurements, a high end camera for the nose cone and another for the base, a second remote controlled webcam, and a heavy duty laser range finder. I also needed better control software, something that would let me program a destination, final speed, and have it calculate route, then drive to that point.
I’m sure that there were military grade programs available, but I didn’t want to be involved with the US military, too large of a chance that my personal freedoms would be severely impinged upon. What I really needed was a home base in a country without much of a military, but economic and social power on the world stage. A place willing to welcome me, but not control me. Someplace with good looking women, and a nice sea coast.
I was thinking Europe. Increasingly able and willing to be recognized as a power in it’s own right, there were a number of EU member states that restricted foreign military presence. It would take more research.
I had been considering an ISS flyby but at over 17k mph I was looking at 18 hours of acceleration. Still I needed to get out of the atmosphere and go to full throttle to see what kind of acceleration I really was capable achieving. Once I had a baseline, I could start to play with offsets, and other variations.
Suddenly it dawned on me, my assumption that I couldn’t run both the acceleration and the deceleration at the same time was flawed. I was imagining it as a loop that I could speed up to push energy into, and then show does to take energy out of. But, that is not what was happening, it was like having one motor lift a never ending rod, while another climbed that rod in the same direction. The rate of climb was cumulative!
I’d have to test it and quickly! I quickly rewired my setup so that both sides ran simultaneously, but I set a separate power control for each side. My speed had climbed to 245 mph. I flipped a switch, and then a secondary to bring the new power control system online. I dialed up accel first, bringing it to 50%. Then I slowly dialed up decel. My GPS showed that speed was holding steady, then it started to climb. It was working! I started a 60 second timer and took another speed reading, 267 mph! An acceleration of .163 m/s². Only one thing to do, dial it up to full power!
I did accel first, taking it to 75, then matching decel side. Then brought it to 90, and finally 100% of available power. Speed showed 301 when I started the timer, 60 seconds later it showed 348 mph. That was an acceleration of .3427 m/s². At that acceleration the ISS was only a little over 6 hours of acceleration. With a zero/zero intercept, requiring a turn over and acceleration at the same speed in the opposite direction, the moon was 18 hours away. Of course a zero/zero intercept would be impractical, as the moon was not sitting still, it was moving in orbit of Earth, at 2200 mph.
I had several thoughts as what to do at this point. I could just let it fly on in no particular direction, building velocity. 27 years to near light speed. Try to get to orbit, try to get to the moon. With my current equipment I was realizing that it would be unlikely I would ever be able to pilot it back to Earth. Any sort of accident that destroyed a micro gate was likely to cause an equally large explosion in my living room, so this wasn’t the safest thing to do either. I did need to determine if there was a distance limit to a gate transfer.
21 days of constant power at full acceleration would put me at Jupiter distance. That would give me huge bragging rights. I was spinning the camera around when I noticed the Moon was now visible. That decided my answer. I’d try for lunar orbit, or perhaps even a lunar landing.
I moved the rotating camera so it was pointing up. The camera could see the nose cone flight camera, and the two star fields on two different screens. I used my gyro controller to rotate the thruster until the fields matched. I now knew what direction to turn. I adjusted the angle of the thruster until I could clearly see the Moon. It took some research but I finally figured out what direction the moon was moving, and aimed slightly ahead of it. I then rotated the thruster so the camera gave me the same view as a map poster I had of the moon. Once both were showing North at the top, I got a better idea of what I was looking at.
I had 9 hours to turn over, so I decided to get some sleep. For safety sake, in case something hit the thruster during the night, I decided I’d sleep in my truck in the back yard.
The sun woke me 6 hours later, so I went to go check on my equipment. The moon was much larger now on my screen. Everything seemed to be working. My GPS had stopped giving me location data. The log showed 11k+ mph before GPS was lost about 2 hours earlier. According to the math, I was now nearly at 17k mph but was about 52k miles from earth. I was long past the distance for geosynchronous orbit. Once past that point my chance of hitting anything man made was very low.
I was still technically in orbit of Earth, as my speed was only about 7.6 k/s and Earth escape velocity is 11.2 k/s. Of course orbit was dependant on not hitting anything, like Earth itself, as I came back down. For now everything was looking good, and I was a quarter of the way to the moon. Time to celebrate with waffles!
It was about an hour in the kitchen as I made the batter put them in the iron, baked them, and ate them with butter and syrup. After I finished I called Bob and told him about how the primary components were completed for the first 16 devices. He had emailed me the day before letting me know a property outside Syracuse, NY had been found, and a potential building for an office had been located too. I let him know that I liked the small office building as it had an old basement. I suggested that he tell everyone the servers were down in the basement, run our connection to them from the office down to the basement, install a high security door, and then fill the basement with concrete. He loved the idea.
I also suggested that he put the servers in a shipping container. We could add containers as required. This would allow us to lock them up, or even move them if required. With no utilities running into them from the outside, they would appear to be storage. We could put a big fence around it, purchase prebuilt guard housing for Frank, and with a high enough wall no one would ever notice a thing. It would just be storage for some company that paid for an on site guard. Once set, the only one who would enter the property would be Frank.
He liked that idea too, as we could do the server build out in a warehouse, then moved the sealed containers to the location, with no deliveries tying the servers to the location. I suggested he find commercial property near the major us nuclear power plants, to use as a location to get power from.
I asked him to check out a webcam link I would email him. He called me minutes after I sent the link. I cautioned him not to say anything, but that it was real, weighed about 200lbs, and had been ‘sent’ last night.
I told him he would have to come for a visit if he wanted to know more. He cursed for a while then said he would come as soon as he could get free. His retirement from the law firm was taking some time, as the partners decided to buy him out so they could serve as the company law firm without a conflict of interest.
I told him the link would remain active, and that I was going to attempt orbit, or even landing in about 10 hours. After hanging up, I verified everything was still good, and got in my truck and went to Home Depot. There I bought a very expensive laser range finder that was advertised as capable of measuring 100 miles. I also picked up lunch and dinner. I didn’t plan on going anywhere for the next 9 hours.
I had been doing research on lunar orbital velocity, and had learned that Apollo 11 had orbited at about 5300 ft/s or 3600 mph. I had calculated a full power decelerations for 80 minutes would bring me in, to land, or at least hover. But first I had to perform a rotation. At the 9.3 hour mark I was at 20000+ mph, so I cut power to the accel and decel modules. I carefully recorded the image from the nose cone camera. I then activated the gyroscope to give the thruster a 180 degree turn. When I had what was close, I carefully used the micro gate and my dslr to compare the front image I had recorded with the new image. Once I had the two images matched I knew I was now facing exactly opposite. I dialed up the acceleration, then the deceleration until I had both at full power. Then I set a timer. 8 hours 15 minutes. That should reduce my speed to about what Apollo 11 had when they orbited the moon. Once there I would need to see what I could image on the surface and what I could spot to try to land at a specific location.
But now, it was now time for lunch!
I spent the next few hours ordering supplies for my next thruster craft. I also ordered the electronic components for my 16 RTMSQE type 1 boxes. I found a very nice telescope that could be remote controlled, and had video broadcast capability. I ordered it. I also ordered more motors for my next thruster design. Now that I knew I didn’t have to alternate back and forth, I was going to design a thruster that could give me both forward, and reverse momentum. I’d not be doing any more turnovers, where I actually had to remote rotate blindly. I was going to place cameras at both ends of the thruster, as well as directional cameras. It would also have 6 gyroscopic controls for smoother manual adjustments. I would also be using fewer micro gates for command and control functions. Just 2 would be enough, and the Earth side would be going into a concrete bunker in the back yard with a long cable attached to my control center in the house.
I didn’t want to sleep in the truck again worried that the house would explode because a micro gate got smashed in space. I also really needed some good electronic G sensors and some attitude sensors. I also ordered another batch of rings, 200 pairs this time, 1 inch diameter.
This next thruster would also have a cargo compartment. I would be going by the ISS next time, and leaving them a present. But for that present to work, of have to take a trip to Romania. It would give me a chance to work on automating the control system, as hours of flight time make good coding time.
Every couple hours I was checking to be sure that I was still on target. If I could hit my target speed at about the right altitude, I would go orbital easily, I just wasn’t sure how circular the orbit would be. I knew that orbiting the moon was difficult, as lunar gravity was uneven, and the were only four known long term stable orbits. The biggest issue was that I could see I was approaching, but with no reference it is difficult to tell what your altitude above the surface is.
I’d just have to trust my math, as much as it was an estimate based on fuzzy data, it would hopefully be close enough. Once I had orbit I had two methods of determining position. The first was to use the laser range finder, which I was hoping would be able to exceed design specification outside the atmosphere, and the second was to place my thruster vehicle vertical to the surface, pointed down. My remote controlled camera could be set to 45 degrees. By measuring the movement of the horizon during orbit I should be able to calculate my altitude. As long as I stayed at least 4 miles above the surface I would be safe from smacking into any mountains.
I shut the thrust down when my alarm went off. Then I carefully pointed the thruster down toward the surface of the moon so I could use my laser range finder. Once I was pointing away from the moon, I used my range finder. It showed 197 miles which was awesome! Using the rotating remote camera I pointed it at the oncoming horizon. This would let me know how much of a tumble I had as I began my first orbit. Most satellite have a specific tumble to them so that one side remains pointed in the correct direction. Without that tumble the satellite makes one revolution with each orbit. My camera showed the horizon dropping, so I carefully adjusted the gyroscope so that it came back up. I kept making minute adjustments, and took a range reading every 5 minutes. Before long I had mapped out my orbits size and shape. A few calculations later I had my speed. The laser range finder gave me my perigee and apogee, my closest and farthest approach. They had specific names when orbiting the moon but I didn’t remember what they were. My speed calculation was off by about 15% which was pretty awesome considering it was mostly guess work. I was going faster than I wanted, but I spent some time calculating when and how to reduce my speed. My orbit was not very circular, and I still had not identified any landmarks, so I didn’t know my angle of orbit. My orbital period was about 2.5 hours.
That I could measure from passing over the terminator, the line between day and night, and counting the time until I passed over it again. I’d have to carefully calculate when I would reach perigee, because then I would apply thrust away from direction of travel. This would circularize my orbit at a lower altitude.
This was at the edge of my math skills, but I knew I could do it with sufficient time. For now I was in a stable orbit, that would last at least 5 days at this altitude. I was feeling exhausted, so went to bed. The next day my orders began to arrive. One of the things that I desperately wanted arrived as well, a rack mount server.
I spent several hours modifying the server so it contained a couple micro gates hidden inside, in addition to a couple terabytes of storage space. This was for my surprise for the ISS. It was also why I was going to Romania.
I had completed it just in time, so I packed my bags and caught a flight. SFO to Zurich, Zurich to Bucharest. 18 hours including layover. I flew first class which was better, but next time I’d hopefully be wealthy enough that I could charter a plane.
On arrival I crashed to sleep at the fanciest hotel available. When I awoke I ordered room service. Once feeling refreshed, I went for a nice walk around the old City. I returned to the room, took a nice hot soak in the whirlpool tub, then went to my appointment.
Romania had some of the world’s fastest internet speed connections for customers. It also has the cheapest internet connection prices in the world. I had negotiated for space in a server rack, and connection speeds of a gigabit a second for 50 US dollars a month. I probably could have gotten cheaper, but this facility had higher security as it was used as cloud processing and storage for several major companies in Europe.
I meet with the staff, signed the contract, and oversaw the installation. My box was built to serve as a DNS server, storage server, and web server, in addition as my internet provider at home via a micro gate. I could now use this internet connection anywhere in the world and it could only be traced back to this location. With my work done I went to dinner. A wonderful meal, then a drive around the city with a friendly cabbie.
The next morning I checked out, and took a limo to the coast. A nice hotel on the black sea awaited me. During this time I used my internet connection to keep track of my lunar satellite. It’s orbit had degraded some, but I was able to remotely activate the thruster to increase its orbital height.
I had 4 wonderful days soaking up sun during the day, and coding at night. I was developing software to help me plan my next orbital adventure. Finally my trip was at an end, and I was taken back to the airport in Bucharest by limo. This time I had a 2 day layover in Zurich, that I used to explore the city and open an account with a reputable and secure bank. I let them know I was looking to emigrate to Europe at some point, and would be using their business services for the locating and purchasing of property once I decided where to live. The 3 million dollars I transferred to open an account got me assurances of willingness and efficiency.
Finally a long 12 hour flight home to SFO. There a limo picked me up and took me to the local office of the security company I had contacted. They were pleased to see me, and I was pleased to meet the candidates that they had found. I finally decided on a couple in their early 40s. They were all trained, could both cook, and both drive. The security company also provided an armored vehicle for transport home.
When we arrived, I explained that I had just come into money, and was expecting to be very wealthy as time went on. I told them of the trip I had just made, and they agreed it would likely be my last such trip alone. I showed them the plans for the bus, and then had them sign additional non disclosure agreements.
Once that was done, I showed them the living room, where my space command center was. The guy, Ted, was sure that it was a simulation, and I tried not to convince him. I explained that this is part of where my wealth was coming from. The girl, his wife Anne, was more readily convinced that it was a live view from a private satellite. She did want to understand how I was able to transmit such high quality video from the so called ‘dark side’.
I explained that was the result of where most of my short term income was coming from, as I had developed a way to transmit data from any distance, wirelessly, and at faster than light. This made her perk up. Her background in the Navy had been communications.
I explained that part of why I had picked them is that I hoped to involve them in my business affairs, as I knew the military would be interested, but wasn’t sure how to accommodate them and keep my rights as inventor.
Ted was starting to come around, and realized that my security was not going to be required just because of my wealth. He asked a few questions about acceleration and thrust of my lunar orbital. I let him control the camera as he swept it past the moon’s surface to focus on the distant Earth as it sank below the horizon. I told him not to worry it would be visible again in about an hour.
I showed him the steel box that his my micro gate container, and the USB plug that was the camera feed. I invited him to look at the computer, then unplug the camera. He did so, causing the video to black out. Then he plugged it back in, and the computer saw the camera and turned it back on. After that he was convinced that it wasn’t just a simulation, but really was a live shot.
When he asked for a beer, I knew I had truly found a kindred spirit. I had been doing calculations for days, and had been trying to identify landmarks so I could locate a place to land at. I hoping to visit all the moon landing sites. I finally had located where I was, and calculated my current speed. At 5 pm I would be in position to do a full power deceleration that should put me at a full stop, on the moons surface within a few miles of the Apollo 11 landing site. My new crew were excited, so went and unpacked their clothes, and I ordered the pizza we would need.
That night we each carefully watched the clock. I began doing the deceleration right at 5 pm. As I decelerated I had to rotate the craft so that the nose was pointing more up than towards the direction of travel. The result is that when my momentum finally cancelled, I was at near vertical with my range finder showing I was 25 miles high, and beginning to fall.
I slowly adjusted my speed, so that my descent stopped. Using my dslr I was able to locate the landing site. Then very carefully I lowered the speed, moving slightly towards the landing site. I took almost constant pictures as I lowered to within a mile of the site. As I got closer I could make out the tracks and other signs of the landing. I knew if I got too close I’d make a lot of people very angry, so I was not going to do anything that would disturb the site.
Finally in an area clear of tracks about 50 feet from the flag, I set the thruster down onto the surface of the moon. The flag was completely white, bleached by the sun, but the lunar lander still looked as pristine as the day it landed more than 50 years previously.
I took a 360 video of the site, then carefully zoomed in on the various objects left behind. I cut and posted the 360 view, followed by still shots of the site from above during landing. It was a nice video, and I posted it to YouTube under my new Google email. It would be interesting to see what happened next.
Two days later I was working in my basement. I was building the 32 type 1 devices. I had just finished when there was a knock on the door. Bob had arrived. I greeted him, and showed him the 32 RTMSQE type 1 transmitters. Each matched set was given a letter pair, beginning with aa to pp.
I informed him that they were completed, and he could take them when he left. He was excited to see that, but mostly wanted to see the thruster video from the moon.
I showed him into the living room, and let him pan around the Apollo 11 site. Then I let him know that we were ready to move to a different site. He was practically bouncing up and down with excitement. I called in Ted and Anne. He would handle the altitude readings, she would man the remote camera, taking video as we moved over the site. I would launch and hover around the site before directing us southeast to the Apollo 16 landing site.
It would be a slow trip, 235 miles, I wanted to stay low, which meant going slow. After skirting this site, we would be traveling at about 40mph, making this about a 6 hour event. The goal was not to exceed 2 miles up, and to follow the trail of 4 large craters that ran between the 2 sites.
Everyone had been to the bathroom, and we all had our favorite drinks nearby. I gave us a countdown from 5 then slowly brought the power up the 20 percent. We slowly lifted, as Ted called out altitude, I reduced power when he reached 50 feet. Using the gyroscopes I leaned us toward the lander, slowly moving over, and around, taking video of all the various tracks, and debris.
We spent fifteen minutes circling the site, as I got used to the hover and controls. Once we had good footage, Anne directed me in the correct direction, and I increased altitude. I went up to 2500 feet, nosed over to the southeast, and we started moving. Anne turned the camera back to watch us leave the Apollo 11 site until it disappeared from view. Ted kept track of the altitude, and occasional took photos of the surface. In reality the altitude was simply height above ground, and that changes as the vehicle still had a slight positive lift, and the ground rose as we headed for the highlands off the moon.
The giddy Bob acted as butler and fetched food and drinks for us, but mostly sat watching the moon surface go by, in utter fascination. We followed a trail of medium large craters, making out the next one as we reached the closest.
The ground began to noticably rise so I increased power bringing us up again above 2500 feet AGL. I reduced power again but kept it slightly higher as we moved ever onward, and upward. eventually I had to increase thrust again as the ground continued its steep rise. Ted was getting great pictures, and Anne was getting great video. Anne mentioned that we had just crossed a crater at much faster than predicted speed. I nodded, and explained that I was going faster than I intended, but would be leveling off soon. It was the result of knowing the ground we going to rise, but not quite how much it would do so.
Anne announced the halfway point, so I brought the nose vertical. Ted have me an altitude reading, then took 2 quick pictures, 1 second apart. using the pictures, now taken straight down, Anne was able to measure the amount of change, and derive a speed. Sh reported we were going almost 100mph.
with that info, I tilted the nose away from the destination, and put on thrust. Our altitude went up but our speed reduced. I went vertical when Ted announced 1 mile. I let our momentum carry us, and read back on thrust so we began level out. Once Ted had reported nearly level flight he again took 2 pictures for speed measurement, though he waited 5 seconds between shots.
Anne reported that our speed was 35mph, and we were approximately 30 min from the site. I lowered thrust some so we were slowly sinking down, while everybody looked for signs of the landing site. Apollo 16 had a rover so there should be lots of tracks to help spot it. Anne spent time tracking the camera back and forth trying to identify craters as we passed them so she could determine our exact position based on my moon maps. We came over what should be the last ridge between us and the site, and I began to again lower thrust. Ted and Anne called out just before Bob, when they finally spotted it. I nosed away from the site to reduce speed more, even though we were taking were creating some thrust so that we slowed forward momentum as we dropped. As we approached, I increased thrust to level off at what Ted said was 500 feet. The were a lot more tracks here, as the crew were on the surface for much longer. As I got over the lander, Ted was taking pictures, while Anne did a 360 of the scene. finally Ted recommended a spot off to the side that looked devoid of tracks. I had Ted take lots of pictures, as I was hoping to spot the photo left behind here.
I reached a spot about 50 feet away devoid of tracks and sank to the ground. Once fully on the ground I shut down the thrust. Anne did a 360 sweep, then took in the sky and Earth in the distance, she then focused down onto the tracks, and the lander, as well as the faded flag. The Rover was there, looking like it was ready to be driven away. We would stay here for the next couple of days looking around from here. Ted had an idea he wanted to try to see if he could collect a small moon rock, or even some dirt. We would wait for Bob to leave before that as it would reveal too much about how my invention worked. I trusted Bob, but I’d come to trust Ted and Anne more.
Bob spent some time playing with the remote camera. He had to be warned a few times not to point it at the sun, that had already cost me the nose camera.
I called it a day, opened up a pizza, and grabbed a beer. With the slice eaten, I changed into a bathing suit and went and sat in my hot tub.
Bob went home the next day, and I posted our trip, and our landing on YouTube. Our first video had gotten 3 million views, and rabid internet speculation. Was it fake? how was it done? the new video got 5 million views in the first 24 hours. It even got a mention on the nightly news.