Files unearthed by The War Zone boasted how the futuristic device could make the Hydrogen bomb look like a “firecracker”.
The Navy spent three years and hundreds of thousands of dollars testing the concept between 2017 and 2019 in a bid to keep up with similar programmes in China.
Researchers claimed internally that the highly conceptual system could revolutionise power and propulsion systems.
The documents, disclosed by The War Zone on Tuesday, detail experiments carried out by the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD).
The military research branch was trialling technologies that take advantage of the “Pais effect”, an experimental idea patented by American aerospace engineer Salvatore Cezar Pais that pushes the boundaries of science.
In the files, dubbed the “UFO Patents”, Pais makes a series of bonkers claims about the technology’s potential.
He says that it could lead to a propulsion system that defies gravity, or to devastating weapons that bends the laws of physics.
Speaking to The War Zone last year, Paid even laid out plans for a “hybrid aerospace-underwater craft” that alters the fabric of time and space.
Paid’s patents were vouched for by the head of the Navy’s aerospace research enterprise, who said the Navy was filing them to keep up with similar technology advancements being developed by the Chinese military.
The “space modification weapon”, according to the newly obtained documents, would release “extremely high energy levels”.
The theoretical weapon would generated so much power it would “make the Hydrogen bomb seem more like a firecracker, in comparison.”
Approximately $466,810 was spent conducting experiments for the project between the Fiscal Years 2017 and 2019.
Those experiments, however, were inconclusive. The elusive Pais effect was neither observed nor disproven, according to The War Zone.
Terrifying space weapons of the future
Here are three of the scariest…
Rods from God
- A strange but utterly terrifying weapon has been dubbed “rods from the God” and is based on the concept of creating man-made meteorites that can be guided towards the enemy.
- Instead of using rocks rods the size of telephone poles are deployed.
- These would be made out of tungsten — a rare metal that can stand the intense heat generated by entering Earth’s atmosphere.
- One satellite fires the rods towards the Earth’s atmosphere while the other steers them to a target on the ground.
- Reaching speeds of 7000mph they hit the ground with the force of a small nuclear weapon — but crucially creating no radiation fall out.
- As bizarre as it sounds, a US Congressional report recently revealed the military has been pushing ahead with the kinetic space weapons.
Molten metal cannons
- This intriguing idea is being developed by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
- It is called the Magneto Hydrodynamic Explosive Munition or MAHEM.
- This game changing rail-gun can fire a jet of molten metal, hurled through space at several hundred miles per second by the most powerful electromagnets ever built.
- The molten metal can then morph into an aerodynamic slug during flight and pierce through another spacecraft or satellite and a munition explodes inside.
Space force ships
- Already the United States is powering head with its spacecraft, although China is busy developing one of their own.
- The top secret American XS-1 under development by DARPA.
- It can travel ten times the speed of sound and launch missiles.
- Meanwhile an unmanned craft is currently being developed in the China Aerodynamics Research and Development Centre in Mianyang, Sichuan province, which is also known as Base 29.
The Pais effect is a theoretical physics concept that describes the controlled movement of highly electrically charged matter.
If proven possible, it could allow for the creation of powerful energy fields that, according to Dr Paid, “engineer the fabric of our reality at the most fundamental level.”
None of the futuristic technologies described in the UFO Patents were developed.
It’s unclear if the US Navy is still pursuing experiments into the effect or has shelved the project for good.
In other news, the US military is reportedly developing a laser weapon that can generate the sound of a voice out of thin air.
The US Army is also testing a 50-kilowatt laser weapon that incinerates drones, helicopters, planes and missiles.
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