Popular science communicator and creator of the Veritasium YouTube channel Derek Mueller and UCLA professor of physics Alexander Kusenko have placed a $10,000 bet on an air-powered car that has been the focus of heated debate for a decade. The vehicle in question is the Blackbird, an experimental ground yacht that was built to prove a physics argument: if air is the only source of its acceleration, can it move faster than it drives wind? At first glance, this seems to be a huge violation of the laws of conservation of energy, one of the most important major forces in our universe. Physics says that wind vehicles can exceed the speed of the wind when they rotate at an angle toward the wind, but not when they are exactly parallel to the down wind.
Designed by Blackbird in 2010, Rick Cavallaro never claimed to have found a way around the law, but instead believed they had created a machine that could get much more out of the air than conventional expectations. There is a large propeller on the back of the blackbird attached to the wheels, while the car thanks to the action of the wind, the propeller pushes the air behind the land yacht, it is faster. Incidentally more intense than the wind, eving evidence of controversy ing it works not only with the downwind but also with an upside. However, many people remain highly skeptical about the results.
Muller got there “He made a video on the controversial car, titled” To Settle a Physics Controversy at Risk to My Life “, and put himself in the driver’s seat to test it. Muller found that the car had exceeded the measurement speed of the downwind. He also provided an explanation of how the whole system worked. However, the explanation did not sit well with Professor Kusenko.
Kusenko had previously contacted Mueller to cooperate with him, the vice reported, and after a friendly back-and-forth decision it was decided that it would be settled with a huge $10,000 bet. Kusenko’s main argument against the explanation and the vehicle is not that it is impossible but it did not prove what was set up to prove it.