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Background to the Science of Energy from the Vacuum

Recently, retired Col. Thomas Bearden (US Army) wrote 2 papers posted on his website ( that describe many aspects of the world’s energy crisis and possible approaches to solve it. We at The Orion Project have followed Col. Bearden’s research for years and feel that readers and supporters of The Orion Project will find his ideas thoughtful, refreshing, and hopeful.

Many of the scientific aspects of his work have a direct bearing on what The Orion Project wishes to achieve in the real world: development of non-polluting, non-fossil-fuel-using energy-producing technologies that extract energy directly from the vacuum. The following ideas and quotes are taken from his 18-page paper entitled Situation and Decision Briefing posted in early Sept. 2008.

Bearden states that present day electrical engineering has failed to take advantage of the scientifically proven fact that “all EM (ElectroMagnetic) energy comes freely from the seething vacuum.” Stated slightly differently, “all EM energy flowing in every EM field and potential in every EM system comes freely from the virtual state vacuum. This is via the proven broken symmetry of the source dipole (and of the source charge and its polarized vacuum charge of opposite sign)."

This means that if one can set up a charged pair and separate them (positive and negative) to make a dipole and maintain the separation, then real observable, usable EM energy will flow. However, in 1892, Lorentz removed this possibility of a free energy source from Maxwell’s equations describing EM theory and produced a set of EM equations that have been used by scientists and engineers since that time leading to our energy problems today.

So, if this source dipole is broken, then the energy flow will stop (until it is reset, which takes more energy), which is what happens in our present day electrical circuits and systems using the modified Maxwell’s equations. The difficult engineering trick is to build a circuit that will catch some of this freely flowing EM energy (from a source dipole) and then separately dissipate that EM energy into loads to separately power them so that the source dipole is not destroyed.

Our task at The Orion Project is to address this problem with open-minded engineers and scientists who understand the problems with conventional physics and who accept the observations of Nikola Tesla** who stated that:

“Throughout space there is energy. Is this energy static or kinetic? If static our hopes are in vain; if kinetic⎯and this we know it is, for certain⎯then it is a mere question of time when men will succeed in attaching their machinery to the very wheelwork of nature."

This task will not be easy because it goes against conventional wisdom as summarized in the quote below which explains in part why our country’s leaders (who are often advised by mainstream scientists) are being mislead.

Astronaut Brian O'Leary's open letter to Al Gore in 2007 pointed out the problem with most organized science of today when he stated:

“...don't rely exclusively on those mainstream scientists, journalists and pundits who deny the reality of new energy. They are just as ignorant as those scientists who denied the practicality of aviation even after the Wright brothers were flying. But to expect the Wrights to immediately deliver a 737 would have been unrealistic.”

Once the fact that energy can be extracted from the vacuum is proven, the energy sources on our planet will change and Earth will face a promising energy future.

To reach this promising future our planet depends on wise leadership and bold innovation now.

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** Nikola Tesla, in a speech in New York to the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, 1891. Quoted from his biography: Margaret Cheney, Tesla: Man Out of Time, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1981.