Inventor Robert Cook, Jr. joins us to discuss the Cook Inertial Drive (CID), the C-Force Inertial Propulsion drive, and the legacy of his father, Robert Cook Senior, a legendary proponent of inertial propulsion technology based on electromechanical systems. As the inheritor of his father’s research, Cook is pleased to have built successors to his father’s 20 rpm prototypes that turn at much higher speeds and produce 20 to 30 pounds of unidirectional thrust.

As a child, Robert Cook Jr. grew up watching his father design and build remarkable inertial propulsion systems that climbed up ramps, pushed boats through the water, and moved across the floor on air-cushion bearings. His father’s research involved what’s often called “off-center rotators”, in which a weight is rotated on an armature unevenly to produce a unidirectional force.

These devices defy conventional physics, which holds that every action has an equal and opposite reaction – a basic law of Newtonian physics that precludes a device from “pulling itself up by it’s bootstaps”. Inventors like Robert Cook senior kept pursuing their dream even despite criticism from the mainstream, and held onto their belief in inertial propulsion long enough for science to catch up.

By the mid-2000’s, physicists like Dr. James Woodward and Dr. Gennady Shipov had come up with several possible explanations for how inertial propulsion might happen. In Woodward’s case, the workability of these devices is based on Mach’s Principle, and his research with piezo crystal transducers was producing results to support the theory.