The U.S. Navy appears to have filed a patent for an aircraft that could travel at “extreme speeds” that was available for viewing on Google Patents in 2016. An “inter-mass reduction device [internal resonance cavity wall, sic] device consisting of an external resonance cavity and microwave emitters.” In other words, an aircraft that comes into motion at high speed with space is something like Star Trek.
It’s a common part of the conspiratorial belief that the U.S. government prefers to keep tabs on UFO sightings, steal their alien technology, and use it for their fancy new aircraft. While we wouldn’t hesitate to comment on any of that business, it’s fair to say that this patent from the U.S. Navy Department will certainly smell a bit like Roswell-Y. Or, perhaps more likely, someone in the US Navy saw too many doctors one evening and wanted to make a flying saucer.
Remember, this is just a patent. It’s not clear if the craft was actually tested at all – in fact, it seems doubtful that this thing was ever taken seriously – but here’s how it’s supposed to work.
Inertia is the tendency of an object to prevent a change in the state of motion, or simply, the tendency of an object to continue to do what it is doing, whether it is fixed or moving forward in a straight line. Internal mass is a measure of an object’s resistance to acceleration. So, if you can reduce the inward mass of an object, you will need to apply less force to create the same acceleration.
By doing this, so the idea goes that the craft can move through the air or water just like a rock is endlessly gliding over an abrasive sheet of ice. The purpose of this craft is to reduce the inter-mass by using high-frequency electromagnetic wave vibrations to create a local vacuum around the outside of the resonant cavity wall.
“This hybrid craft would be enclosed in a vacuum plasma bubble/sheet and move very easily through air/space/water.”
“It is possible to imagine a hybrid aerospace/undersea craft (HAUC), that can act as a submersible craft capable of extreme submersible speed due to the physical processes enabled by the inertial reduction device. and increased stealth capacity,” continued.
Of course, this sounds impressive, but reducing inward mass is not easy. This can be achieved by modifying the Higgs field, the field responsible for the mass of a particle, but there is currently no sign of how this can be done. Who knows, maybe there are some signs on the dusty old ranch in the New Mexico desert.