United States gravity control propulsion research (1955 - 1974)

United States gravity control propulsion research (1955 - 1974)

American interest in "gravity control propulsion research" intensified during the early 1950s. Literature from that period used the terms anti-gravity, anti-gravitation, baricentric, counterbary, electrogravitics, G-projects, gravitics, gravity control, and gravity propulsion.Gravity Rand Ltd (1956, December). "The gravitics situation". In T. Valone (Ed.). (2001, January, 4th ed.) "Electrogravitics systems: Reports on a new propulsion methodology" (pp. 42-77). Washington, D.C: Integrity Research Institute. ISBN 0-9641070-0-7] Weyl, A. R. (1957, October). 'Antigravity'. "Aeronautics", 37(2), 80-86. (British Aviation Publications). Weyl, A. R. (1959a, January). "Knowledge and possibilities of gravity research" (DTIC No. AD-0830247). W. R. Eichler (Trans.) "Weltraumfahrt; Zeitschrift für Rakententechnik", 9, 100-106 (original work published December 1958). Weyl, A. R. (1959b, February). Gravity and the prospects for astronautics. "Aeronautics", 59(6), 16-22. (British Aviation Publications).] Their publicized goals were to develop and discover technologies and theories for the manipulation of gravity or gravity-like fields for propulsion.Gravity Research Group (1956, February). "Electrogravitic systems: An examination of electrostatic motion, dynamic counterbary and barycentric control" (Report GRG 013/56). London: Aviation Studies (International) Ltd. In T. Valone (Ed.). (2001, January, 4th ed.) "Electrogravitics systems: Reports on a new propulsion methodology" (pp. 11-41). Washington, D.C.: Integrity Research Institute. ISBN 0-9641070-0-7] Although general relativity theory appeared to prohibit anti-gravity propulsion, several programs were funded to develop it through gravitation research from 1955 to 1974. The names of many contributors to general relativity and those of the golden age of general relativity have appeared among documents about the institutions that had served as the theoretical research components of those programs. Kaiser, D. (2000). Chapter 10 – Roger Babson and the rediscovery of general relativity. In "Making theory: Producing physics and physicists in postwar America" (Ph.D. dissertation: pp. 567-594). Harvard University.] Goldberg, J. M. (1992). US air force support of general relativity: 1956-1972. In, J. Eisenstaedt & A. J. Kox (Ed.), "Studies in the History of General Relativity, Volume 3" Boston, Massachusetts: Center for Einstein Studies. ISBN 0-8176-3479-7.] Bender, W. W. (1961). "RIAS". Baltimore, Maryland: RIAS. Available from Stan Piet, Archive Director, Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, P.O. Box 5024, Middle Road, MD 21220.] The existence and 1950s emergence of the gravity control propulsion research had not been a subject of controversy for aerospace writers, critics, and conspiracy theory advocates. But its rationale, effectiveness, and longevity have been the objects of contested views.

Evidence of existence

Mainstream newspapers, popular magazines, technical journals, and declassified papers reported the existence of the gravity control propulsion research. For example, the title of the March 1956 "Aero Digest" article about the intensified interest was “Anti-gravity Booming.” A. V. Cleaver made the following statement about the programs in his article:

:What are the facts, insofar as they are publicly known, or (as at this date) knowable? Well, they seem to amount to this: The Americans have decided to look into the old science-fictional dream of gravity control, or “anti-gravity,” to investigate, both theoretically and (if possible) practically the fundamental nature of gravitational fields and their relationship to electromagnetic and other phenomena – and someone (unknown to the present writer) has apparently decided to call all this study by the high-sounding name of “electro-gravitics.” Unknown, too – at least unannounced – is the name of agency or individual who decided to encourage, stimulate, or sponsor this effort, also in just what way it is being done. However, that the effort is in progress there can be little doubt, and, of course, it is entirely to be welcomed.Cleaver, A. V. (1957, April-June). 'Electro-gravitics': What it is – or might be. "Journal of the British Interplanetary Society", 16(2, issue 75), 84-94.

Cleaver, A. V. (1957, March 15). Something about electro-gravitics. "The Aeroplane", 92(2376), 385-387.]

The gravitics programs had not been evinced by any technological artifacts, such as the Project Pluto Tory IIA, the world's first nuclear ramjet. Commemorative monuments by the Gravity Research Foundation have been the artifacts attesting to the early commitments to finding materials and methods to manipulate gravity. The endeavor had the resources and publicity of an initiative, but writers from that period did not describe them with that term. Gladych stated:

:At least 14 United States universities and other research centers are hard at work cracking the gravity barrier. And backing the basic research with multi-million dollar secret projects is our aircraft industry. [Gladych, M. (1957, July). Spaceships that conquer gravity. "Mechanix Illustrated", 53(7), 98-100, 174, 181.]

The writings about the gravity control propulsion research effort had disclosed the “players” and resources while prudently withholding both the specific features of the research and the identity of its coordinating body. Publicized and telecasted conspiracy theory anecdotes have suggested much higher levels of success to the G-projects than mainstream science.


Recent historical analysis and reports have attracted attention to the agencies and firms that had participated in the gravity control propulsion research. James E. Allen, BAE Systems consultant and engineering professor at Kingston University, referred to those programs in his history of novel propulsion systems for the journal "Progress in Aerospace Sciences". [Allen, J. E. (2003). Quest for a novel force: A possible revolution in aerospace. "Progress in Aerospace Sciences", 39, 1-60.] Research by Dr. David Kaiser, Associate Professor of the History of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, manifested the contributions made by the Gravity Research Foundation to the pedagogical aspects of the golden age of general relativity. Dr. Joshua Goldberg, Syracuse University, described the Air Force's support of relativity research during that period. Progress reports and anecdotes and Internet resumes of former visiting and staff scientists have been the sources of the history of the Research Institute for Advanced Study (RIAS). Former aviation editor of "Jane's Defense Weekly", Nick Cook, drew attention to the antigravity programs through worldwide publications of his book,Cook, N. (2002). "The hunt for zero point: Inside the classified world of antigravity technology". New York: Broadway Books. ISBN 0-7679-0627-6.] "The Hunt for Zero Point", and subsequent televised documentaries. Mainstream historical accounts of the G-projects have been supplemented with conspiracy theory anecdotes.

Contemporaneous literature

Lists of the research institutes, industrial sites, and policy makers along with statements from prominent physicists were provided in five comprehensive works that had been published during the early years of the gravity control propulsion research. Aviation Studies (International) Limited, London, published a detailed report about those activities by the Gravity Research Group that was later declassified. The Journal of the British Interplanetary Society and "The Aeroplane" published the propulsion survey and critical assessment of the American gravitics research by the internationally recognized astronautics historian A. V. Cleaver. The New York Herald Tribune and Miami Herald published a series of three articles by one of the world's greatest aviation journalist of the Twentieth Century, Ansel Talbert.Talbert, A. E. (1955a, November 20). Conquest of gravity aim of top scientists in U.S., "New York Herald-Tribune: Sunday", pp. 1 and 36. [http://www.padrak.com/ine/TTB_EGP.html#ARTICLE_1]

Talbert, A. E. (1955b, November 21). Space-ship marvel seen if gravity is outwitted, "New York Herald-Tribune: Monday", pp. 1 and 6.

Talbert, A. E. (1955c, November 22). New air dream-planes flying outside gravity, "New York Herald-Tribune: Tuesday", pp. 6 and 10.

Talbert, A. E. (1955, November 30). Scientists taking first steps in assault on gravity barrier, "The Miami Herald: Wednesday", pp. 1, 2-A.

Talbert, A. E. (1955, December 1). Future planes may defy gravity and air lift in space travel, "The Miami Herald: Thursday", p. 2-B.

Talbert, A. E. (1955, December 2). Engineers Aiming to Flout Gravity, "The Miami Herald: Friday".] Talbert's two series of newspaper articles took place in the midst of the policy by press release era. Neither his nor the writings that followed the five prominent works from that period yielded denials and/or retractions.

UFO and conspiracy theory literature

Gravity control propulsion research had been the subject of widely published UFO and conspiracy theory literature. The documented testimonies of whistleblowers edited by Dr. Steven Greer, Director of the Disclosure Project;Greer, S. M. (2001). "Disclosure: Military and government witnesses reveal the greatest secrets in modern history". Crozet, VA: Crossing Point, Incorporated. ISBN 0-9673238-1-9.] anecdotes and schematics by Mark McCandlish and Milton William Cooper;Cooper, M. W. (1991). "Behold a pale horse". Flagstaff, Arizona: Light Technology Publishing ISBN 0-929385-22-5.] and the reports by Philip J. Corso,Corso, P. J. (1997). "The day after Roswell". New York, New York: Pocket Books. ISBN 0-671-00461-1.] David Darlington,Darlington, D. (1997). "Area 51: The dreamland chronicles". New York, New York: Henry Holt and Company, Inc. ISBN 0-8050-6040-5.] and Donald Keyhoe,Keyhoe, D. (1966, January). I know the secret of the flying saucers. "True, The Man's Magazine", 47(344), 340. Keyhoe, Donald (1974, December). "Aliens from Space - The Real Story of Unidentified Flying Objects" (pp. 39-40). New York: The New American Library. LCCN 73-83597.] famous UFO researcher, have suggested incorporation of reverse engineering of recovered extraterrestrial vehicles with the anti-gravity propulsion projects had enabled them to continue beyond 1973 to successfully manufacture antigravity vehicles. Branches of the military and defense agencies have denied and refuted such claims.

Theoretical research agencies

Talbert indicated the rationale for the intensified interest in gravity control propulsion research had stemmed from the works of three physicists. They were Dr. Bryce DeWitt's prize-winning Gravity Research Foundation essay; [DeWitt, B. S. (1953). New directions for research in the theory of gravitation. "Essays on gravity". New Boston, NH: Gravity Research Foundation] the book "Gravity and the Universe" by Dr. Pascual Jordan; and presentations to the International Astronautical Federation by Dr. Burkhard Heim.Weyl, A. R. (1957, October). 'Antigravity'. "Aeronautics", 37(2), 80-86. (British Aviation Publications). Weyl, A. R. (1959a, January). "Knowledge and possibilities of gravity research" (DTIC No. AD-0830247). W. R. Eichler (Trans.) "Weltraumfahrt; Zeitschrift für Rakententechnik", 9, 100-106 (original work published December 1958). Weyl, A. R. (1959b, February). Gravity and the prospects for astronautics. "Aeronautics", 59(6), 16-22. (British Aviation Publications).] Cisco, T. A. (2006, February 18). Testing Heim's theories. "New Scientist", 189(2539), 27 [http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=mg18925391.200] ] DeWitt’s essay discouraged the pursuit of materials that shield, reflect, and/or insulate gravity and emphasized the need to encourage young physicists to pursue gravitational research. He opened his essay with the following paragraph:

:Before anyone can have the audacity to formulate even the most rudimentary plan of attack on the problem of harnessing the force of gravitation, he must understand the nature of his adversary. I take it as most axiomatic that the phenomenon of gravitation is poorly understood even by the best of minds, and the last word on it is very far indeed from having been spoken.

Several articles cited his essay during and after the gravity control propulsion research period. Within a few years facilities emerged embodying the theme of DeWitt’s call for increased stimuli for research.

Physical principle surveys by Cleaver and Weyl stated the antigravity research was not based on any recognized theoretical breakthroughs. Cleaver's skepticism suggested an alternative rationale for establishing that research was based on a science fiction novel. Weyl charged publishers with poor journalism; attacked their terminology; and gave the highest rating for prospective physical principles for gravity control propulsion to Burkhard Heim's works. Stambler leveled harsh criticisms against Gluraheff's gravitation hypothesis.Stambler, E. (1957, May). Anti-gravity – fact or fancy? "Aviation Age", 27(5), 26-31.] Talbert and other authors listed the following three agencies as the principle facilities that had conducted the theoretical research:

Gravity Research Foundation

Several articles contained expressions of gratitude for the support to the gravity control propulsion endeavor by the Gravity Research Foundation. [Aero News Digest section (March, 1956). Anti-gravity Studies Booming. "Aero Digest", 72(3), 6, 8.] [Sladek, J. (2003, February). "Science Fiction and Pseudoscience" [p. 16] . Berkshire, United Kingdom: Ansible E-ditions. First published in the British Science Fiction Association's "Vector",62, November/December 1972. [http://www.ansible-editions.co.uk/pdf/js_pseud.pdf] ] Even though the Foundation was a humble, non-profit organization, its creator, Roger Babson, used his wealth and influence to mobilize industries; raise private and government funding; and motivate engineers and physicists to conduct research in gravity shielding and control.Mooallem, J. (2007, October). A curious attraction. "Harper's Magazine," 315(1889), pp. 84-91.] According to his autobiography: "The purpose of the Foundation is to encourage others to work on gravity problems and aid others in obtaining rewards for their efforts." [Babson, R. W. (1950). "Actions and reactions – An autobiography of Roger W. Babson" (Second revised edition). New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, pp. 340-344.]

During Babson's lifetime, the Foundation conducted Gravity Day Conferences each summer; established a library on gravity; solicited essays that addressed (1.) various prospects for shielding gravity, (2.) the development and/or discovery of materials that could convert gravitational force into heat, or (3.) methods of manipulating gravity; [Gravity Awards (1957, March). "Science" p. 390.] and installed monuments at various universities that cited its antigravity focus.

Aerospace Research Laboratories (ARL)

In September, 1956, the General Physics Laboratory of the Aeronautical Research Laboratories (ARL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, commenced an intense program to coordinate research into gravitational and unified field theories with the hiring of Joshua N. Goldberg. Creation by ARL of Goldberg's program may have been coincidental to the Talbert's disclosures of commitments to gravity control propulsion research. The precise rationale for creating the program and justifying its budgets and personnel may never be determined. Neither Goldberg nor the Air Force's Deputy for Scientific and Technical Information, Walter Blados, were able to locate the founding documents. Roy Kerr, a former ARL scientist, stated the antigravity propulsion purpose of ARL was "rubbish" and that "The only real use that the USAF made of us was when some crackpot sent them a proposal for antigravity or for converting rotary motion inside a spaceship to a translational driving system." [Kerr, R. P. (2007, June 8). Discovering the Kerr and Kerr-Schild metrics. arXiv: 0706.1109v1 [gr-qc] .] The December 30, 1957 issue of Product Engineering closed its report with the following statement:

:Nevertheless, the Air Force is encouraging research in electrogravitics, and many companies and individuals are working on the problem. It could be that one of them will confound the experts. [Electrogravitics: Science or daydream? (1957, December 30). "Product Engineering", 28(26), 12.]

During the following sixteen years, its name was changed to the Aerospace Research Laboratories. The ARL scientists produced nineteen technical reports and over seventy peer-reviewed journal articles. [A list of forty papers was disclosed to the author on December 2, 2004 by Dr. Boyko V. Ivanov. Subsequent literature reviews expanded it to over seventy.] The Air Force's Foreign Technical Division, [Radzievskiy, V. V. and Kagal'Nikova, I. I. (1964, May 8). "The nature of gravitation". Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH: Foreign Technology Division. (NTIS No. AD601762).] and other agencies, [Mallan, L. (1959). "Russia and the big red lie" (Fawcett Book 417). Greenwich, CT: Fawcett Publications, pp. 138-139.] investigated stories [Schwartz, H. (1958, March 2). Russian reports a gravity theory. "The New York Times". P. L-17. ] [Frisch, B. H. (1965, December). How to fall up. "Science Digest", 58(6), 42-46.] about Soviet attempts to understand gravity. Such actions were consistent with the paranoia of the Cold War.

The funding for the military components of the gravity control propulsion research had been terminated by the Mansfield Amendment of 1973. Black project experts, conspiracy theorists, and whistleblowers had suggested the gravity control propulsion efforts had achieved their goals and had been continued decades beyond 1973.

Research Institute for Advanced Study (RIAS)

The Research Institute for Advanced Study (RIAS) was conceived by George S. Trimble, the vice president for aviation and advanced propulsion systems, Glenn L. Martin Company, and was placed under the direct supervision of Welcome Bender. The first person Bender hired was Louis Witten internationally recognized authority on gravitation physics. [Bass, R. W. (2002, Spring/Summer). Some reminiscences of control and system theory in the period 1955-1960: Introduction of Dr. Rudolf E. Kalman. "Real Time" [pp. 2-6] . Huntsville, Alabama: Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Alabama in Huntsville.] Talbert's article had announced Trimble's completion of contractual agreements with Pascual Jordan and Burkhard Heim for RIAS. Subsequent hires yielded a half dozen gravity researchers known as the field theory group. Sir Arthur C. Clarke and others stated RIAS' assemble of talent was very qualified for the task of discovering new principles that could be used to develop gravity control propulsion systems.Clarke, A. C. (1957, December). The conquest of gravity, "Holiday", 22(6), 62.]

The quest for propulsion through gravity control was vaguely implied in various publications. Works by Cook and Cleaver summarized statements in the RIAS brochures. Cook had equated the broad range of RIAS's mission statements with those of Skunk Works. In 1958, Mallan reported “the control of the force of gravity itself for propulsion” was one of the unorthodox goals initiated by Trimble for RIAS. [Mallan, L. (1958). "Space satellites" (How to book 364). Greenwich, Connecticut: Fawcett Publications, pp. 9-10, 137, 139. LCCN 58-001060.]

RIAS was renamed the Research Institute for Advanced Studies during the sixties when the American-Marietta Company merged with Martin to become the Martin Marietta Company. The 1995 merger that yielded the Lockheed Martin Company modified its goals and not its name.

Aerospace firms

Talbert's newspaper series and subsequent articles in technical magazines and journals listed the names of aerospace firms conducting gravity control propulsion research. Stambler stated:

:It is well known that several major companies in the aviation industry are working on “anti-gravitational devices.” Unfortunately, this is about the only hard and fast statement that can be made about the subject of anti-gravitics.

The Gravity Research Group indicated those companies had constructed "rigs" to improve the performance of Thomas Townsend Brown's gravitators through attempts to develop materials with high dielectric constants (k). Gravity Rand Limited provided a set of guidelines to help management conduct research and nurture creativity. Articles about the gravity propulsion research by the aerospace firms ceased after 1974. None of the companies featured in those publications had filed retractions. The following is a list of the aerospace firms that had been cited in the works published from 1955 through 1974:

*Bell Aircraft, Buffalo, New York.
*Boeing Aircraft.
*Clarke Electronics, Palm Springs, California.
*Convair, San Diego, CA.
*Douglas Aircraft.
*Electronics Division, Ryan Aeronautical Company, San Diego, California.Force field research by Ryan shows promise (1960, July 11). "Missiles and Rockets", 7(2), 27.]
*General Electric.
*Glenn L. Martin Company, Baltimore, Maryland.
*Gluhareff Helicopter & Airplane Corporation, Manhattan Beach, California.
*Grumman Aircraft. [Research section (February 8, 1958). How to 'fall' into space. "Business Week", (no. 1484) pp. 51-53.]
*Hughes Aircraft.
*Lear Incorporated, Santa Monica, California.
*Lockheed Aircraft Corporation.
*Radio Corporation.
*Sikorsky Division of United Aircraft.
*Sperry Gyroscope Division of Sperry Rand Corporation, Great Neck, Long Island.

Reported breakthroughs

None of the reported experimental breakthroughs published during the 1950s and 1960s have been recognized by the aerospace community.


Brown's gravitator

Various reports indicated Brown's gravitators were the main experimental focus of the gravity control propulsion research. According to G. Harry Stine and Intel, research on Brown's gravitators became classified immediately after demonstrations of 30% weight reductions. [Stine, G. H. (1957, June). Conquest of space: anti-gravity: power of the future. "Mechanix Illustrated", 53(6), 22-23.] [Intel, (1956, May). Towards flight without stress or strain… or weight. "Interavia", 11(5), 373-374.] Thomas Townsend Brown had obtained a British patent for high voltage, symmetric, parallel plate capacitors, that he called gravitators, in 1928. [Brown, T. T. (1928, November 15). Great Britain Patent No. 300,311.] Brown claimed they would produce a net thrust in the direction of the anode of the capacitor that varified slightly with the positions of the Moon. [Brown, T. T. (1929, August). How I control gravitation. Science & Invention in the "Psychic Observer", 37(1).] The scientific community rejected such claims as products of pseudoscience and/or misinterpretations of ion wind effects. Repeatable results from the Trouton-Noble experiment have not supported such claims.

Martin's gravity-like impulses

In July 1960, "Missiles and Rockets" reported Martin N. Kaplan, Senior Research Engineer, Electronics Division, Ryan Aeronautical Company, San Diego, had conducted anti-gravitational experiments yielding the promise of impulses, accelerations, and decelerations one hundred times the pull of gravity. Neither comments nor criticism of the report appeared in subsequent articles during the period of intensified gravity control propulsion research.


Forward's protational field

Robert L. Forward, Hughes Research Laboratories, Malibu, described the theoretical generation of dipole gravitational fields by accelerating a super-dense fluid through pipes wound around a torus. [Forward, R. L. (1961, September 11). Practical anti-gravity still far off. "Missiles and Rockets", 9(11), 28-45. Forward, R. L. (1963, March). Guidelines to antigravity. "American Journal of Physics", 31(3), 166-170.] Such techniques, though theoretically sound, have been far beyond the reach of technology.

Heim's principles of dynamic counterbary

Surveys conducted by engineers of physical principles as potential foundations for gravity control propulsion theories conferred high ratings for Burkhard Heim's work. [Watson, J. T. (1961, February). "Gravitational control research" (Master's thesis). Southern Methodist University. (DTIC No. AD-0253588).] Comments by physicists about his initial and extended propulsion theories appeared during 2008 in a peer reviewed journal. [Robertson, G. A., Murad, P. A., & Davis, E. (2008). New frontiers in space propulsion sciences. "Energy Conversion and Management", 49, 436-452.] Heim's earliest paper was completed in 1956 as a progress report that was archived at the Gravity Research Foundation. [Heim, B. (1956). "A report on the development of the principle of dynamic contrabarie." Unpublished English translation and original document in German available at the Gravity Research Foundation, P.O. Box 81389, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481-0004.] His theory was then published in a series of four papers during 1959 by a little known aerospace engineering journal. [Heim, B. (1959). "Das prinzip der dynamischen kontrabarie." "Zeitschrift für Flugkörper", 1(4), 100-102. Heim, B. (1959). "Das prinzip der dynamischen kontrabarie (II)," "Zeitschrift für Flugkörper", 1(6), 164-166. Heim, B. (1959). "Das prinzip der dynamischen kontrabarie (III)," "Zeitschrift für Flugkörper", 1(7), 219-221. Heim, B. (1959). "Das prinzip der dynamischen kontrabarie (IV)," "Zeitschrift für Flugkörper", 1(8), 244-248.] According to Helmut Goeckel's preface to the first paper in the series, unbridled interest of unsavory firms had caused Heim to cease from further developments of his propulsion theory. He indicated various aerospace and ordnance companies had made several attempts to kidnap him. Heim devoted the remainder of his life to refining the unified field attributes of his theory.


Many of the contributors to general relativity have been supported by and/or associated with the ARL, RIAS, and/or the Gravity Research Foundation. The decades preceding the 1955 revelation of the gravity control propulsion research were a low water mark for general relativity.Kaiser, D. (1998). A ψ is just a ψ? Pedagogy, practice, and the reconstruction of general relativity, 1942-1975. "Studies in History, Philosophy, Modern Physics", 29(3),321-338.] [Eisenstaedt, J. (1989). The low water mark of general relativity, 1925-1955. In D. Howard and J. Stachel (Ed.), "Einstein and the History of General Relativity" (pp. 277-292). Boston: Birkhäuser.] The following summarizes how the components of that research had stimulated the resurgence of general relativity:

Gravity Research Foundation

Even though some of the physicists who attended the Gravity Day Conferences quietly mocked the anti-gravity mission of the Foundation, [Kaiser, D. (1999). Roger Babson and the rediscovery of general relativity. "Fifth International Conference on the History and Foundations of General Relativity". University of Notre Dame, Indiana.] it provided significant contributions to mainstream physics. [Witten, L. (1998). Introductory remarks on the gravity research foundation on its fiftieth anniversary. Presented at the 15th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation. In N. Dadhich and J. Narlikar (Ed.) "Gravitation and relativity: at the turn of the millennium" (p. 375). Pune, India: Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics.] The "International Journal of Modern Physics D" has featured selected papers from the Gravity Research Foundation essay competition. Many have been incorporated with the collections of the Niels Bohr Library. A few of the Foundation essay contest winners became Nobel laureates (e.g., Ilya Prigogine, Maurice Allais, George F. Smoot). Foundation essays have been among the resources graduate students check for new ideas. Kaiser summarized the Foundation's influence in the following manner:

:Despite the vast conceptual gulf separating Babson from the new generation of relativists, we are left with intriguing, and perhaps ironic associations: by organizing conferences, sponsoring the annual essay contests, and making money and enthusiasm widely available for people interested in gravity, the eccentric Gravity Research Foundation may claim at least some small amount of the credit for helping to stimulate the postwar resurgence of interest in gravitation and general relativity.

Foundation trustee, Agnew Bahnson, contacted Dr. Bryce DeWitt with a proposal to fund the creation of a gravity research institute. [Confirmed on April 12, 2004 via private communication with Dr. David Kaiser.] DeWitt had won the first prize for the 1953 essay contest. The proposed name was changed to the Institute for Field Physics and it was established in 1956 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under the direction of Bryce and his wife, Cécile DeWitt-Morette. [ [http://cwp.library.ucla.edu/Phase2/DeWitt-Morette,_Cecile@862345678.html CWP at physics.UCLA.edu // Cecile DeWitt-Morette ] at cwp.library.ucla.edu]

The peer reviewed physics journal, "Physica C", published a report by Eugene Podkletnov and Nieminen about gravity-like shielding. [Podkletnov, E., & Nieminen, R. (1992). A possibility of gravitational force shielding by bulk YBa2Cu3O7-x superconductor. "Physica C", 203, 441-444.] Although their work had gained international attention, researchers were not able to replicate Podkletnov's initial conditions. [Hathaway, G., Cleveland, B., & Bao, Y. (2003, April 1). Gravity modification experiment using a rotating superconducting disk and radio frequency fields. "Physica C", 385(4), 488-500.] [Li, N., Noever, D., Robertson, T., Koczor, R., & Brantley, W. (1997, August 1). Statis test for a gravitational force coupled to type II YBCO superconductors. "Physica C", 281(2-3), 260-267.] But, analyses by Giovanni Modanese [Modanese, G. (1996, August 20). Theoretical analysis of a reported weak-gravitational-shielding effect. "Europhysics Letters", 35(6), 413-418.] and Ning Wu [Wu, N. (2004). Gravitational shielding effect in gauge theory of gravity. "Communications in Theoretical Physics", 41(4), 567-572.] indicated various applications of quantum gravity theory could allow gravitational shielding phenomena. Those achievements have not been pursued by the scientific community.

Aerospace Research Laboratories (ARL)

The list of prominent contributors to the golden age of general relativity, contains the names of several scientists who had authored the nineteen ARL Technical Reports and/or seventy papers. The ARL sponsored papers were published in the "Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Physical Review, Journal of Mathematical Physics, Physical Review Letters, Physical Review D, Review of Modern Physics, General Relativity and Gravitation, International Journal of Theoretical Physics", and "Nuovo Cimento B". Some of the ARL papers were written in collaboration with RIAS, the U.S. Army Signal Research and Development Laboratory at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, and the Office of Naval Research. The ARL had provided significant enhancements to general relativity theory. For example, Roy Kerr's description of the behavior of space-time in the vicinity of a rotating mass was among those works.cite journal | last = Kerr | first = R. P. | authorlink = Roy Kerr | year = 1963 | title = [http://prola.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v11/i5/p237_1 Gravitational field of a spinning mass as an example of algebraically special metrics] | journal = Physical Review Letters | volume = 11 | pages = 237–238 | doi = 10.1103/PhysRevLett.11.237] Goldberg concluded: "However, it should be recognized that, in the United States, the Department of Defense played an essential role in building a strong scientific community without widespread encroachment on academic values."

Research Institute for Advanced Studies (RIAS)

The growth of nonlinear differential equations during the fifties was stimulated by RIAS. One of the leading groups in dynamical systems and control theory, the Lefschez Center for Dynamical Systems, [http://www.dam.brown.edu/lcds/about.php] was a spinoff from RIAS. After the launch of Sputnik, world-class mathematician Solomon Lefschetz came out of retirement to join RIAS in 1958 and formed the world's largest group of mathematicians devoted to research in nonlinear differential equations. [Allen, K. N. (1988, January). Undaunted genius. "Clark News", 11(1), p. 9.] The RIAS mathematics group stimulated the growth of nonlinear differential equations through conferences and publications. It left RIAS in 1964 to form the Lefschez Center for Dynamical Systems at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

UFO and conspiracy theories

On May 9 2001, Mark McCandlish testified on the televised news conference held by the Disclosure Project, at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. He stated gravity control propulsion research had started in the fifties and had successfully reverse engineered the vehicle retrieved from the Roswell crash site to build three Alien Reproduction Vehicles by 1981. [ [http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.coasttocoastam.com/timages/page/mark092705a.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.coasttocoastam.com/gen/page1114.html%3Ftheme%3Dlight&h=464&w=667&sz=86&hl=en&start=2&tbnid=SEV029BXLO3BJM:&tbnh=96&tbnw=138&prev=/images%3Fq%3D%2B%2522alien%2Breproduction%2Bvehicle%2522%26as_st%3Dy%26ndsp%3D18%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN Google Image Result for http://www.coasttocoastam.com/timages/page/mark092705a.jpg ] at www.coasttocoastam.com] McCandlish described their propulsion systems in terms of Thomas Townsend Brown's gravitators and provided a line drawing of its interior. The diagram closely resembled the drawing provided earlier in Milton William Cooper's book. Another Disclosure Project whistleblowers, Lt. Col Philip J. Corso, stated in his book the craft retrieved from the second crash site at Roswell, New Mexico, had a propulsion system resembling Thomas Townsend Brown's gravitators. [Corso, P. J. (1997). "The day after Roswell". New York, New York: Pocket Books. ISBN 0-671-00461-1.] And, Corso's book featured several gravity control propulsion statements made by Professor Hermann Oberth.

Soon after America had won the Cold War, a small group of scientists and engineers openly expressed their desire to use technologies developed by black projects for civil applications. [Scott, W. B. (1992, March 9). 'Black world' engineers, scientists encourage using highly classified technology for civil applications. "Aviation Week & Space Technology", 136(10), 66-67.] Dr. Steven Greer formed the Disclosure Project in 1995 to help those and other research whistleblowers share their information with and to petition Congress. By 2001, it had provided reports to two Congressional hearings and had acquired over 400 members from branches of the military and aerospace industry.

During the early 1960s, Keyhoe published excerpts from a letter by Hermann Oberth that presented explanations for the flight characteristics of UFO's in terms of gravity control propulsion. Prior to Oberth’s letter, Keyhoe had supported arguments for magnetic forces as the source of propulsion for UFO’s. The letter caused him to search for the existence of gravity control propulsion research programs. The following is a segment of his findings he had released in his 1966 and 1974 publications:

:When AF researchers fully realized the astounding possibilities, headquarters persuaded scientists, aerospace companies and technical laboratories to set up anti-gravity projects, many of them under secret contracts. Every year, the number of projects increased. In 1965, forty-six unclassified G-projects were confirmed to me by the Scientific Information Exchange of the Smithsonian Institution. Of the forty-six, thirty-three were AF-controlled.

During his press conferences on February 2 1955 in Bogotá, Colombia, and February 10 1955 in Grand Rapids, Michigan aviation pioneer William Lear, stated one of his reasons for believing in flying saucers was the existence of American research efforts into antigravity. [Dolan, R. M. (2002). "UFOs and the national security state: Chronology of a cover-up 1941 - 1973" [Revised Edition] . Charlottesville, Virginia: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc. ISBN 1-57174-317-0.] Talbert's series of newspaper articles about the intensified interest in gravity control propulsion research were published during the Thanksgiving week of that year.


Further reading

*Yi, Y. (2004, January). An interview with Jack K. Hale. "Dynamical Systems Magazine" (SIAM DSWeb Magazine). [http://www.dynamicalsystems.org/ma/ma/display?item=55]

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