(From 'A Leap Into Hyperspace" by Haiko Lietz New Scienist #2533)
Every year, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics awards prizes for the best papers presented at its annual conference. last year's winner in the nuclear and future flight category went to a paper calling for experimental tests of an astonishing new type of engine. According to the paper, this hyperdrive motor would propel a craft through another dimension at enormous speeds. It could leave Earth at lunchtime and get to the moon in time for dinner. There's just one catch: the idea relies on an obscure and largely unrecognised kind of physics. Can they possily be serious?
The AIAA is certainly not embarassed. What's more, the US military has begun to cast its eveys over the hyperdrive concept, and a space propulsion researcher at the US Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories has said he would be interested in putting the idea to the test. And despite the bafflement of most physicists at the theory that supposedly underpins it, Pavlos Mikellides, an aerospace engineer at the Arizona State University in Tempe who reviewed the winning paper, stands by the committee's choice. "Even though such features have been explored before, this particular approach is quite unique," he says.
The work is based upon a little-known German physicist, Burkhard Heim, who was a handicapped recluse who only published in German so is not widely known outside very specific circles. Some of his related ideas have already proven to be more accurate that existing methods so who knows if the hyperspace idea will work or not. It's an exciting concept though and well worth reading the article if you get the chance. To be honest I think everyone should have a subscription to New Scientist as it's a fantastic magazine and is certainly a lot stranger than the science fiction that many of us enjoy to read or watch. Truth is much stranger than fiction in this case!
Anyway, for more information on the Heim Theory either grab a copy of the issue, check out the New Scientist website as that may have some info up or for more information about the man you can check out the Heim Theory Website which is in English and German.