UFO Plasma Engine and Dr. Jean-Pierre Petit's current MHD Research

"Three leading French physicists claim to have made a 'sensational breakthrough' into the mysteries of how UFOs are powered.

Dr. Jean-Pierre Petit, Dr. Claude Poher and Dr. Maurice Viton, have constructed what they term a "UFO engine’ or, The Petit-Viton Magnetohydrodynamic Motor’ by using, so they say, a combination of both electromagnetic and nuclear energy.

The French scientists claim fantastic results and tremendous power output in the order of 1,000 million watts. The ufo engine was built at the Astronomical Observatory in Marseilles.

Possibly one of the most amazing developments of the French ufo engine, is that the physicists claim to have discovered how to suppress the shock waves which slow down any object moving through the air. Petit said:

"It all comes down to standard physics. An electromagnetic field can create a low pressure area under an aerodyne, or flying saucer. To this can be related the peculiar property of plasma. Plasma's magnetic field is frozen inside while it expands at unimaginable speeds, producing an electrical current. Using plasma, a belt of "free air’ can be created. The molecules of air in front of this belt are pushed aside without piling on top of each other, as they do when a normal aerofoil passes through the atmosphere fast enough to break the sound barrier.

We're not saying we're solved the problem, but we think we have cracked the principle behind the effects observed in unidentified-flying-objects".

As a matter of interest, one of the physicists who co-developed the ufo engine is now head of an official French ufo research group. Dr. Claude Poher, formerly in charge of the Astronomy Department, Scientific Systems, Projects Division and Sounding Rockets Division of the French National Centre for Space Studies (CNES), is now director of GEPAN (Groupe d'Etude des Phenomenes Aerospatiaux Non Identifies)".

[The above information was sourced from a book called "Prehistoric Germ Warfare" by Robin Collyns (1980), which gave its source as Australasian Post (from Los Angeles) dated March 31 1977 from an article on the French Ufo Motor by Bernard D. SCOTT.]

Below are further details of other original papers and current website links.


Extracts taken from J.P. Petit's MHD webpage (see link at end)

...If you click here, you will read the Note aux Comptes rendus de l'Académie des science, published in 1975. If you don't read French, some brief explanations. Following, the three first illustrations. In figure 1, a disk-shaped machine, with an equatorial solenoid, whose alternating electric current creates an alternating magnetic field. This one (thanks to Mr Maxwell) creates an induced electric field E' which tends to create circular induced electric currents. Combining these currents J' to the instant value of the magnetic field we get radial forces (Hall effect is considered as negligible); we get a system of time-dependent radial forces J ' x B, which are directed towards the outside and towards the center, alternatively. So that the idea was as the following : Suppose we can create a non-steady ionization at the vicinity of the disk, controlled in time, we could act on the fluid, using radial centrifugal forces when they are present, of the top of the disk and radial centripetal forces, when this force is reversed, at the bottom of the disk-shaped machine [as in figure 3].

...On the next figure [figure 4], the expected induced gas flow; around our disk-shaped machine :

...The computations said that the suction effect could be very strong, strong enough to cancel any shock wave formation at the stagnation point of the machine (it moves along its axis). The technical problem was to modulate the ionization at the vicinity of the wall, in time. We imagined first a device looking like a "wolf trap" :

...Imagine a "small size" conical hole, in the wall and, along its axis, a "pin". At the junction of the cone-plane, a circular electrode (anode). The central electrone (pin like) is charged negatively. Then an electric discharge forms in the surrounding air, as shown above. The subsequent magnetic field, associated to this electric discharge, tends to push the free electrons away and to give them energy. We thought that it could produce short-lifetime negative ions in air, making possible MHD interaction during the lifetime of such ions. In a well equiped lab such research could have been carried out, but we had none. Since 1973 I was in an astronomical observatory, which is not an optimum place to perform plasma physics experiments.

...Anyway, at the end of the seventies, some interesting aspects of the machine were discovered. Good plasma specialists know that magnetic pressure tends to blow away electric discharges. We experienced that in low pressure air experiments. The solution was rapidly found. Instead of creating a B field whose maximum value was in the symmetry plane (created by a single equatorial coil), we decided to use three, a big one and two smaller, as shown on the next figure [see figure 5]:

...To the left of this figure is the axis of the machine. At the top-right is the schematic disposition of the three coils, showing the way the electric currents flow in. On the [main] figure, the magnetic lines. We see that the maximum B surface is close to a portion of a cone (containing the circles of two coils). The gray [shaded] area represents the confinement volume, in which the plasma tends to lie. Immediate success, experimentally. Then the wall of the machine, to optimize the MHD interaction, must be orthogonal to the magnetic lines. Finally, this is the typical aspect of our electrodeless MHD aerodyne, using induction phenomena and pulsed ionization, optimized on MHD grounds :

...You see why we got some problems with the scientific community, army, politicians, and so on.

...Short-duration ionization was difficult to manage.

Cold gas MHD experiments.

...But, recently, a new idea came, which is summarized in the following figure :

...The walls of the model are made of teflon. In the two teflon shells, coils are imbedded (the equatorial one and the two "confinement coils"). Two klystrons will be used, connected to two separate wave guides. These two are shown on the figure. They are coaxial brass cylinders. When one is in operation, the second one is out, and so on. Mingled thin brass lamellas (red) act as a diffuser and spray microwaves. The brass plate located in the plane of symmetry prevents the microwaves used from ionizing the air on the opposite side of the machine. In the next figure we show the model when the microwaves flow along the central channel, and are diffused by the thin mingled brass lamellas, in the top part, then cross the teflon and create a thin layer of ionized air. 3 GHz microwaves are optimum to ionize atmospheric pressure air, and ionized gaz absorbs microwaves. For this reason the ionization will be confined in a thin layer.

For more details of current research projects in both MHD and Cosmology (see Jean-Pierre Petit's MHD and his thought provoking Cosmology websites).



Although the technology here is vastly different to that described by Bob Lazar, one might nevertheless notice a similarity in the concept of Lazar's anti-matter wave tube and his microwave analogy (see Lazar Gravity page).




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