We do have a slight advantage here. We now are aware that dark matter and its scaling is persuasive and that it reacts with microwaves. Add in the excellent chance that any cyclic production of microwaves is also able to release free electrons and we have a potential impulse engine.
In fact the whole Galaxy is a continuous medium of this Dark Matter and this allows such an impulse engine to be used anywhere. The more interesting question is whether there exists any space in which such dark matter is not persuasive.
It still will not get us to the stars but will allow acceleration anywhere. The question of momentum is something i want to leave open for the time being because i am assuming we are reacting with Dark Matter alone here.
The Em Drive could allow humans to travel to the Moon in just four hours Photo: NASA
By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
6:09PM BST 28 Jul 2015
However in recent years Nasa has confirmed that they believe it works and this week Martin Tajmar, a professor and chair for Space Systems at Dresden University of Technology in Germany also showed that it produces thrust.
The drive is capable of producing thrust several thousand times greater than a standard photon rocket and could get to Mars within 70 days or Pluto within 18 months. A trip to Alpha Centauri, which would take tens of thousands of years to reach right now, could be reached in just 100 years.
"Our test campaign cannot confirm or refute the claims of the EM Drive but intends to independently assess possible side-effects in the measurements methods used so far," said Prof Tajmar
"Nevertheless, we do observe thrust close to the actual predictions after eliminating many possible error sources that should warrant further investigation into the phenomena."
The EM drive has been likened to the Impulse Drive in Star Trek's vessel of choice, the Starship Enterprise
"Our measurements reveal thrusts as expected from previous claims after carefully studying thermal and electromagnetic interferences.
"If true, this could certainly revolutionise space travel."
Shawyer also claims that he is just a few months away from publishing new results confirming that his drive works in a peer reviewed journal.
However scientists still have no idea how it actually works. Nasa suggested that it could have something to do with the technology manipulating subatomic particles which constantly pop in and out of existence in empty space.
Prof Tajmer presented his findings to the 2015 American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics' Propulsion and Energy Forum and Exposition this week.