Real Scientist Working in the Field of Propulsion Physics

While emailing back and forth with Ron Kita, I realized that it would be useful to compile a list of researchers who have published serious papers, past & present, in the new field of propulsion physics (gravity modification is an example) at least for the purpose of finding out how many countries are at some stage in this field.

This is important to do if we are to hasten the theoretical & technological development to leave Earth on a commercially feasible scale. I was surprised by what I found.

Below is the list. I’m sure it is not complete but it is a start. If you know of anyone who should be on this list, please let me know, and I will update this post.

Here are the ground rules for including a name.

1) They must have published their research in a journal accessible to the public (preferably in English as I’m monolingual and cannot verify the validity if it is not). This excludes anyone in secret projects or black projects (therefore Greenglow, Phantom & Skunk), or could not reach the level of research where peer review would consider the paper acceptable.

2) Excludes papers related to conventional technologies. This excludes sails, tethers, conventional fuels, ion propulsion and nuclear detonations.

3) Excludes the extension of conventional physics. For example, it is estimated that doing interstellar travel to Alpha Centauri, with conventional fuels would require a fuel cost of approximately 3.4x 2011 World GDP.

4) Exclude papers requiring ‘Millennium Theories’. Millennium Theories are theories that will require more than a 100 years to falsify. This eliminates research using exotic matter. For example, it is estimated that doing interstellar travel to Alpha Centauri, with antimatter would cost of approximately 43,000x 2011 World GDP.

5) Includes researchers attempting to solve anomalies or unexplained observations, today, but exclude those whose focus is not propulsion.

6) Includes researches in established organizations but excludes researchers involved in the test methodologies or the management of such programs.

7) It would be desirable if the publishing journal/conference was associated with a national organization such as AIP, AIAA, Elsevier or other similar organizations.

Country   Count People Count Country Last Name First Name
1 1 Austria Hense Klause
1 2 Austria Marhold Klause
1 3 Austria Tajmar Martin
2 4 Brazil De Aquino Fran
2 5 Brazil Alcubierre Miguel
3 6 Canada Hathaway George
4 7 China Li Ning
4 8 China Wu Ning
5 9 Finland Nieminen R.
6 10 France de Matos Clovis
7 11 Greece Provatidis Christopher
8 12 India Gupta R.C.
9 13 Italy Modanese Giovanni
9 14 Italy Ummarino G.A.
10 15 Japan Hayasaka Hideo
10 16 Japan Musha Takaaki
10 17 Japan Nishino Kimio
10 18 Japan Takeuchi Sakae
11 19 Romania Agop M.
11 20 Romania Buzea C. Gh.
11 21 Romania Ciobanu B.
12 22 Russia Podkletnov Eugene
13 23 Slovakia Sima Jozef
13 24 Slovakia Sukenık Miroslav
14 25 South Korea Tajmar Martin
15 26 UK Laithwaite Eric
16 27 USA Brandenburg John
16 28 USA Brantley Whitt
16 29 USA Chiao Raymond Y.
16 30 USA Clark Rod
16 31 USA Cramer John
16 32 USA Forward Robert
16 33 USA Fralick Gustave
16 34 USA Gaines J
16 35 USA Haisch Bernard
16 36 USA Hammer Jay
16 37 USA Kir Asit
16 38 USA Koczor Ron
16 39 USA Maclay Jordan
16 40 USA March Paul
16 41 USA Michael George
16 42 USA Milonni Peter
16 43 USA Murad Paul
16 44 USA Niedra Janis
16 45 USA Noever David
16 46 USA Puthoff Hal
16 47 USA Reuda Alfonso
16 48 USA Richland Center
16 49 USA Robertson Glen (Tony)
16 50 USA Rounds Frederic
16 51 USA Sanderson L
16 52 USA Serry Michael
16 53 USA Solomon B.T.
16 54 USA Torr D.G.
16 55 USA Villareal Carlos
16 56 USA Woods Clive
16 57 USA Woodward James

There are 16 countries! and 57 researchers. In a 2011 email to us, James Woodward had suggest that there are only about 35 of us seriously researching propulsion physics, on this planet. He came close, or I’m being generous. OK you can exclude Finland and India because I do not think these two countries have a concerted effort to develop a new propulsion technology.

Thanks to Ron Kita for pointing me to Takaaki Musha (Honda), Kimio Nishino (Toyota) and RC Gupta. I was surprised that Honda and Toyota, the car companies were interested in gravity modification.

Ron had also suggested Mike Gamble (supposedly of Boeing, and I did not attempt to either confirm or disprove his employement), and Brice Cassenti. I did not include Cassenti because his work was on Biefield Brown, which is an electric field effect.

Propulsion physics is about anything that is not related to gliding, rocketry, jets, electric motors, and internal combustion engines. I included South Korea because Tajmar is there now.

I excluded Mike Gamble, and here’s why. At SPESIF 2012 (which I had not attended) he announced that ‘Boeing has been using a “scissoring gyroscope” style of inertial propulsion for satellite maneuvering for years!’ and showed a picture (see

I am very skeptical. I could not make out what the picture shows, and in my opinion a “scissoring gyroscope” type technology is too jerky to be used as a means of satellite propulsion.

Kumaran Sanmugathasan had suggested Mehran Keshe of Belgium, he does not satisfy the rules. Thanks Kumaran.

Gary Stephenson had suggested many, many names. Thanks Gary. Gary had also suggested S.M. Godwin & V.V. Roschin of Russia, but I could not find enough information about them with respect to the rules, above, and have to exclude them.

Hope this blog posting will increase the number of serious researchers in the new field of propulsion physics, increase the funding, and raise the awareness of propulsion physics as opposed to astronomy or cosmology.


Benjamin T Solomon is the author & principal investigator of the 12-year study into the theoretical & technological feasibility of gravitation modification, titled An Introduction to Gravity Modification, to achieve interstellar travel in our lifetimes. For more information visit iSETI LLC, Interstellar Space Exploration Technology Initiative


About Benjamin Solomon
Ben Solomon is a Committee Member of the Nuclear and Future Flight Propulsion Technical Committee, American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA), and author of An Introduction to Gravity Modification and Super Physics for Super Technologies: Replacing Bohr, Heisenberg, Schrödinger & Einstein (with Kindle Version)

9 Responses to Real Scientist Working in the Field of Propulsion Physics

  1. Gary Stephenson says:

    I might add Clive Woods to the list, as he attempted to duplicate Podkletnov. Was with the UK and now here in the USA. George Hathaway of Canada also attempted a duplication, as did my old boss Ron Koczor of NASA. Tony Robertson of NASA was part of that, so he should be added to your list as well. John Hutchison was a friend of George Hathaway, and he came at it from the angle of resonating matter with RF inputs. Eric Davis has also teamed or planned teaming with George. Eric is in Austin, and works for Hal Puthoff, another US researcher in the field. He also collaborated with Bernie Haisch of Lockheed’s Palo Alto Research Center.

    Then of course there were those that submitted papers to Marc Millis during NASA’s BPP, or Breakthrough Propulsion Physics program, most of whom you have not listed, like James Corum, or Paul March, who worked for years on a Woodward device, as did Brito of Argentina, as well as John Cramer of UW. And let’s not forget J. Maclay of Quantum Fields LLC, J. Hammer, of MEMS Optical Inc, M. George and L. Sanderson of Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, and R. Clark, MEMS Optical Inc.

    There was also J. Dering, P. Parhami, and J. Wes, of SARA, Inc, G. Fralick and J. Niedra, of NASA Glenn Research Center, D. Goodwin, of the U.S. Department of Energy, G. Fralick and J. Niedra, of the NASA Glenn Research Center, and Roschin, Russian Academy of Science, Moscow, Russia; with S. Godin, Inst. for High Temperatures, Russian Academy of Science.

    My point with all these names is that there is no shortage of people interested in the subject, it is more a case of a shortage of long term sponsorship and funding.

    • Thanks, Gary. I’ve updated the post and have included many names you had suggested, and clarified the ground rule for selection. Though many of these people are famous, I could not confirm that James Corum, John Hutchison, Eric Davis, Paul March, L Sanderson, Godin, or Roschin, met the rules. Let me know. Thanks.

      • Hi Benjamin. I am a lover of science and scientific theory and I have a question regarding the science behind distorting space-time that I was hoping you might know the answer to. Please keep in mind that I am only a novice and I hope that you will find my question to not be a foolish one. I have read articles describing how photons made to pass through materials that have been designed to create an interference pattern can make the photon gain a negative effective mass. Since the photon is the force carrier for electromagnetism, might it be possible to generate a powerful electromagnetic field, force the photons to pass through a material that induces an interference pattern, and thereby create a field with a negative effective mass? As I understand it, photons having a negative effective mass behave similarly to theoretical negative mass particles, so that got me thinking about possible ways to utilize this fact to achieve the elusive repulsive force described in breakthrough propulsion physics. Anyway, if you have read down this far, thank you for taking the time to do so and I hope to hear back from you. Keep up the good work.

  2. Kumaran Sanmugathasan says:

    What about Mehran Keshe from Belgium here . Then there is John Searl here .

    • John N. says:

      I am very interested in getting involved in this research. How does one get started researching a topic like this?

      • Unfortunately, by trial and error.

        Universities do not teach nor scientific journals publish, a “how to” on breaking away from status quo theories.

        Universities & journals are primarily concerned with extending contemporary hypotheses & theories.

        For example, as a result of not teaching a “how to” it took string theories 30 years to become mainstream.

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  4. Jacques Consiglio says:

    Hi, I believe you miss Claude Poher (France), who published his results at Applied Physics Research about a year ago. He managed to produce effects similar to Podnetkov, plus others, using a similar technology that seems much simpler and should be much easier to reproduce. His stuff works routinely and reliably in his private lab; plenty have seen working. You can go to his website, most is in French but the main papers are also in English.

    I think that reproducing his technology would be under $300K. Compare with other budgets on this topic…

    I also published 3 papers at Applied Physics Research on this topic.

    Jacques Consiglio

  5. Good article. I certainly love this site. Thanks!

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