Dr. Eugene Podkletnov discusses gravity shielding effects in rotating superconductors and recent experiments with a gravity impulse generator. Podkletnov achieved notoriety when publishing on gravity shielding in 1996, when pipe smoke rising in a column above a rotating superconductor became the precipitating event that led him into detailed investigation of the gravity shielding effect. He describes the experimental elements of his research and hypothesizes on a number of models that may explain his findings.
Podkletnov first published on the topic of gravity shielding effects in superconductors back in 1992, and achieved notoriety in the media when he submitted an article on the effect to the “Journal of Physics D”. The story was leaked to the press and initially published in the British “Sunday Telegraph” newspaper, and was subsequently was picked up by other publications around the world. Podkletnov has indicated that despite the publicity this provided for his research, it also led to negative feedback from peers in the scientific community, and ultimately pushed him towards private financing for his research.
Podkletnov described the discovery of this gravity shielding effect as a smoke from a colleague’s pipe rose in a column above the rotating superconducting disk, which prompted him to perform measurements that eventually led to him believe that a gravity shielding effect was occurring. Seeking to demonstrate a more pronounced gravity shielding effect, over time he constructed larger superconducting disks, and has additionally proposed stacking arrays of rotating disks as a means for multiplying the gravity shielding effect based on existing experimental designs.
Over the last few years, Podkletnov has continued his research, and published a joint paper with Dr. Giovanni Modanese describing a “Gravity Impulse Generator” capable of producing a non-diverging beam of what appeared to be gravitational force emanating from a superconductor. The impulse generator departed from Podkletnov’s earlier experiments in that it used a mounted, stationary superconducting emitter bombarded by a high-voltage discharge in a high-intensity magnetic field, rather than simply rotating a superconducting disk as in his previous gravity shielding experiments.
Podkletnov’s research has been closely followed by NASA, and a replication of the initial superconductive gravity shielding test was attempted in 2001 by NASA’s Ron Koczor and Tony Robertson of NASA Glenn research center, who performed tests on a superconductive disk designed by Podkletnov and built by SCI Engineered Materials. However, the replication achieved only 200 rpm of the required 5,000 rpm and failed achieve a measurable result.