What do you get if you put dozens of scientists working in places like NASA and DARPA in a virtual room with a bunch of Star Trek nerds and fringe hobbyists? Well if you are lucky you can fly.
It might sound like setting up a conspiracy theory, but it’s true: last November saw the very first meeting of the Alternative Propulsion Energy Conference. The theme: how to overcome the laws of gravity.
Guests included physicists and engineers from MIT, Harvard and CalTech, members of NASA, SpaceX, Lockheed Martin and the United States Army Research Laboratory – as well as notorious hobbyists like Mark Sokol and Jeremiah Popp.
âThe Alternative Propulsion Engineering Conference (APEC) is a fully online, zoom-in conference on emerging propulsion research including gravity modification, inertial propulsion, warp drives and field effect propulsion. Can be read on the conference website. “Our participants range from theoretical physicists publishing peer-reviewed journals[ed] from articles on quantum theory and relativity to gravity hackers trying to reverse engineer UFOs in their garage.
If you find it hard to believe that so many respectable scientists would really pursue the dream of anti-gravity – well, that’s exactly why you didn’t know they were doing it, according to those interviewed for the Deep Dive of. The Debrief on the conference. You see, when researchers fear their favorite project will make them laugh at an amphitheater, that doesn’t mean they stop thinking about it – they just keep it silent. Like UFOs before it, antigravity is a guilty pleasure for university researchers, and a whole “invisible college” has been built around the field.
âIn this community there are several different mailing lists going around. It’s kind of like a WhatsApp conversation, just by email, âSokol, founder of APEC, told The Debrief. “So I combined a few different mailing lists for the first conferenceâ¦ it turned out half of NASA was in one of them.”
That was not all, according to The Debrief. Out of 71 verified guests, they found 16 who were current or former NASA employees, and another 14 affiliated with major universities like MIT and Harvard. A handful were from companies with DARPA contracts, and a handful more were from large aerospace engineering entities. In fact, the only verified participants who did not fit these general patterns were 11 amateurs and three members of the media.
Woodstock’s âgravity modification research,â as one review participant put it, was successful. Since then, 23 APEC conferences have taken place – it is now a bi-weekly event – and the guest list continues to grow. The roster now numbers more than 500, according to APEC host Tim Ventura, ranging from flying saucer enthusiasts to relativity redesigners.
âThe biggest change I saw during the conference is the growing importance of UFOs,â Ventura told The Debrief. âIn the past, everyone had knowledge of UFOs, but they were not very relevant because they are not well understood. However, the emerging history of UAP in mainstream news makes it a topic that cannot be ignored, and we are exploring it scientifically more frequently than in the past.
Anyone who wants to attend one of these conferences only needs two things: an interest in defying gravity and the online registration form. After all, as Sokol told The Debrief, “We always need more engineers.”
âNot everyone at APEC plays with Star Trek dolls, âVentura added. “Just most of them.”