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7/03/05 - 2nd PoC Experiment Progress Bulletin!: We have now completed the second phase of the testing of our 2nd proof-of-concept experimental setup, using the new +/-2,500-volt source module (solid state DC-DC converter, 1.5 W), and have applied as much as 1,400 volts across the stator plate induction rings. However, we've also determined that for optimum performance (COP) the induction voltage only needs to fall between 1,170 and 1,280 vdc, with the dielectric thickness and induction gap both set at between 16 and 18 mil.
    We are now able reliably to induce anode ring voltages much higher than those achieved in the 1st PoC Experiment (+10.4 vdc), but have discovered that the ceramic stator plates are subject to non-dynamic triboelectric charging from the adjacent armature ("rotor") plate – the effect of which is to greatly inhibit the induced anode voltage! While we're now able consistently to produce more than 75% of the anode ring voltage that will be needed to draw a full-load level of current across the armature of the 24kW-output Generator* (between +12.8 and +22.4 vdc), it may be desirable to provide even higher anode voltages for the "Primary Arrays" [heated electron sources] if possible! And in none of these tests have we yet used more than 1/4 watt of input power . . .
    Actually, we can demonstrate stable anode ring voltages of +50 vdc and more, which is almost unquestionably acceptable for the Primary Arrays' driving voltage, but the particular method used was discovered sheerly by accident and would not be suitable in production. Therefore, in this last (3rd) series of tests, we will be using static-conductive semi-insulator materials to see which of several techniques for static-biasing the stator plates would be acceptable in a production capacity, and what anode voltage that technique will allow us to achieve with absolute consistency.
    It will require several more days to complete the electronic modifications needed (to provide a neutral or negative polarity on the armature's capacitor plates) and the remaining stator biasing tests, after which time an authorized Report and photo of the final form of the setup will be posted to this website. We would like to thank all of you who have written and phoned recently with support and encouragement. Happy Fourth of July! *[For good background on our 24kW Generator design, click here.

6/06/05 - 2nd PoC Experiment Progress Bulletin!: We have now completed the initial phase of testing of our 2nd proof-of-concept experimental setup, using the original experiment's +/-500-volt source module (solid state dc-dc converter, 1.5W), and have been able to apply its full unballasted output across the stator plate induction rings without shorting problems.
   While the induced anode ring voltage is much lower than in the 1st PoC Experiment, due to the action of the capacitor plates added to the armature ("rotor"), we can see that the performance of this prototype 24kW EDF Generator primary power system increases sharply as the induction rings' voltage is raised. For example:  

- when the induction ring voltage was raised 13.6% from +/-323 [max. 40 Ω ballast R] to +/-367vdc [semi-ballasted @ 18 Ω] in the second of a series of 3 tests, the equilibrium armature voltage only increased by 12.2% yet the required converter input power went up by 25.7%!;
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- when the induction ring voltage was raised just 9.5% more, from +/-367 [18 Ω ballast R] to +/-402vdc [min. 2.9 Ω fuse R] in the third test of that series, the input power only went up by another 20.4% while the equilibrium armature voltage increased by over 60%!!  

    So, we have ordered a new +/-2.5-kV source module (1.5W), with which we should of course be able to extend the input voltage testing range by a factor of five (5) and the induced rotor voltage by a far greater ratio. And with the flexibility we have in readily adjusting the polyester capacitor dielectric thickness, we can achieve better induction field intensity control (to avoid sparking) while running higher and higher percentages of breakdown field intensity between the stator and armature induction ring pairs.
    It must be noted here that, in this initial test series, we are already producing 85% of the induced armature voltage we will need to show an output COP of 1.0, using under 1 watt of input power from the 'smallest' module available - and this voltage is over 40% of that which will be required to operate the completed 24kW Generator prototype at its full rated output . . . More to follow!

6/01/05 - Important 2nd-Quarter Update:  I know that many of you are anxiously awaiting news of our 2nd Proof-of-Concept Experiment and are concerned about the terrible 4-month delay we suffered in obtaining the 3 special ceramic plates for it – from some bass-fishin', defense contractin' good ole boys in Oak Ridge (who shall remain nameless) . . .
    Well, as you can see below, we finally have the 2nd PoC Experiment fully assembled and have been testing it and analysing the initial results for about 2 weeks now. It has performed pretty much as expected, although a couple small mechanical and electrical modifications will be necessary over the next 2 to 3 weeks if we are then to proceed to a final test of this primary power system's ability to demonstrate output COPs of 4 to 7 (and perhaps better) . . .

    A full Report is in preparation, and I will be posting a Board-authorized level of disclosure to this website as soon as possible in the form of a new webpage like that for the 1st PoC Experiment.

    Also, for the great number of you who visit our Over-Unity Disk Dynamo Analysis webpage and who have expressed enthusiasm for our magnetic-induction Dynamo 1 Project, I've included below a photo of one of the two finished end support structures for the 18" prototype. We have already begun building the two corresponding stator magnet heads, for which we have all materials and components on-hand, and have finally located an agreeable vendor of the required 3-μohm-cm Ag-graphite material for the unique brush system – so, construction is coming along well! Many thanks to Frank Ivan at Algo Machine Shop for the great work he continues to do on our behalf!
 

    I nevertheless find it troubling to note that of the literally hundreds of people who visit our OU page per week, not a single one has taken us up on our offer to provide interested students and engineers with a copy of my original and definitive Eddy Current & Stator Loss Analysis white paper or an edited ("B") version of the Project Manual, upon request, with prior submission of a basic 1-pg. NDA . . . Do people actually read anymore?  

    Lastly, but not least, I have decided to post-release a couple more pages of my book, with my thanks to the many starship troopers out there who regularly visit StarDriveDevice.com in search of 'starship design', 'interstellar propulsion', 'faster-than-light drive' and so forth. Sometimes it seems that the only people I actually hear from wanting to know more about the beautiful technical details of my stardrive system are, well, nuts! . . . I will let the Manned Vessel Design DataSheet speak for itself and for the book.  [pdf, 283KB, 2 pgs.; weight, displacement, Field voltage, and peak rotor current for vessels of 40, 60, 80 and 100 feet in diameter.]  

Sincerely,  

Mark Tomion
Pres.
AESI

3/07/05 - A Memorandum Regarding E-Mail:  Like so many businesses everywhere, we've had to implement new software and strategic filters on our main computer system to divert the overwhelming flood of spam and virus-infected e-mail we've been receiving. Also, our Internet hosting company is putting online a new e-mail server with programmable filtering – and now you may only forward first-time e-mail to us that either comes directly from the links provided throughout our website or is addressed to us in the same way.
    Furthermore, it would seem that the geometric growth of "e-garbage" lately has also been accompanied by an inversely-proportional drop in meaningful new correspondence – which is detrimental to our ability to effectively promote and develop our business – and that most people have gotten so sick and tired of it they just don't want to bother 'doing' e-mails anymore!
    Nevertheless, as professional people we all have an obligation to overcome or adapt to this unwanted extra burden or see our working productivity thwarted just that much more!! I would much rather ask all of you whose interest in our work is sincere to let us know that by phone, if you don't want to write, than have an opportunity to meet new friends and associates pass by unattended. It's simply criminal that such a wonderful medium for business communications and conduct has gotten so hopelessly polluted . . .
    My own policy with regard to e-mails is that I'll spend no time at all on inconsequential matters, and any time that it takes on the most important issues related to communicating in 'real time' with valuable new and existing contacts and to conducting our business properly. It is unlikely - but still possible - that some of your important new correspondence might be inadvertently lost or deleted, so please call our office (Mon.- Fri., 9am - 5pm EST) if you don't receive a timely response to an initial e-mail inquiry or are not sure whether it was properly delivered. Thanks!  

Best regards,  

Mark Tomion
Pres.
AESI

2/21/05 - EDF Generator's Australian Patent Granted:  We've just received confirmation that Australian Patent #2001273462 [WO02/09259, WIPO]; pdf Abstract] for the Electrodynamic Field Generator was granted to AESI president Mark R. Tomion on Dec. 16, 2004 (expiring 7/11/21). Companies interested in building or selling EDF Generator products or devices in Australia that are or would be covered by this comprehensive Patent must now seek licensing from Archer Energy Systems, Inc. as the IP rights assignee. We appreciate the significant indications of interest in this technology we've been receiving from 'down under', and would welcome the opportunity to work with the Australians in applying it to the challenges of reducing their key dependence on fossil fuels for generating electricity (~90%) and lessening the near-critical shortage of fresh water there.

2/10/05 - Special Dynamo 1 Project Memorandum:  We'd like to announce the formal inception of our exciting Magnetic Disk Dynamo 1 Project, in association with ALGO Machine Shop Ltd. of ON, Canada. The fundamental purpose of AESI's Dynamo 1 Project is quite simply to see if a 'new' Faraday disk dynamo of our unique and sophisticated design can actually be built and publicly demonstrated to operate over-unity, when so many others have tried and failed. While this design is of course based to a degree on landmark prior art, we're fairly sure that no one has ever built a device of the particular configuration defined in our now-complete Project Manual's specifications, nor is it likely they had a better
theoretical and mathematical model from which to proceed.
    At the present time, when even the energy supply required to maintain modern civilization is itself uncertain, we've begun building an experimental Dynamo which might not only constitute a feasibly marketable electric power supply system for single-unit-housing customers but should also be essentially production-ready if it proves successful! Theoretically, the model under development could exhibit a net input COP of 1.49 or more, whereby it would be sufficiently over-unity that it could operate 'closed-loop' as driven by its own high-efficiency electric motor and custom inverter!
    Although the power output of a disk dynamo goes up proportional to the 4th power of increases in the rotor's mean induction radius, we wanted to select a size of device whose overall "slim-line" housing diameter would not be significantly greater than that of a typical residential water heater and, in this way, we made the fortuitous choice of 18 inches as the device's nominal rotor disk diameter. And because the vertical shaft will be "live" electrically in the chosen design, we desired the 18"-dia. prototype unit to be modular in nature so that multiple thin units could be mechanically coupled end-to-end vertically (and driven by a common electric motor, or other source of input torque) until the combined net output is commensurate with the power needs of a typical residential housing unit.
    While it is possible but extremely unlikely that our prototype won't be that much more efficient than a high-performance truck alternator (~70%), we will consider the project to be a gratifying success upon any of the only remaining possible outcomes:  

1) we just might be able to meet Dr. Hal Puthoff's "1-watt challenge" (as yet unachieved anywhere else, so far as we know!) and show true self-sustaining operation of an electric-motor-driven device that can also power at least 1 watt of additional load;  

2) failing that, we may well still be able to solidly verify over-unity operation of an electromotive device – if only for the academic accomplishment of it – if for instance we develop well over 1,000 watts of net output across the buss bars using less than 1,000 watts of shaft input torque; or  

3) we may find that the overall efficiency, despite all those brushes, is less than but quite close to 100%, and that the Dynamo could perhaps be manufactured and sold as a terrific mini wind turbine or micro-hydro generator.  

    I actually do expect to see the latter outcome realized, which means we probably have a viable product! The absolute minimum percentage of classical Lenz-loss back-torque that we can expect our prototype to express is only 20% - in addition to the significant brush drag (countertorque) . . . The 18" Dynamo's peak power output capability is 4.3kW at 1900 rpm, by the way, so to achieve 20kW in output (for instance) 5 of these units would have to be coupled end-to-end mechanically (which is possible by design) if they're to be driven by a common shaft.
    While it is possible according to the rigorous mathematical model we have developed that the prototype Dynamo could be efficient enough to operate closed-loop electrically, it is much more realistic to consider it as a truly exceptional wind turbine power plant! Therefore, AESI is also developing a 12-ft.-dia. vertical-shaft aeroturbine kit* and simple 60' hinged jack-spar mast of our own unique design, with a customized linear torque ratio planetary fluid transmission provided by Pneu-Hydro Energy, Inc. of Maine. *[editor's note: A design patent is being applied for; more to follow!]
    This elegant system would be able to drive a single shaft-coupled Dynamo stage delivering up to 3,000 watts of electrical power, and could actually offset the average U.S. single-unit residential power bill at 50% capacity (continuous duty).
    In the Dynamo 1 Project Manual, we develop theoretical proof sheets wherein the performance potential of the 18"-dia. Dynamo is assessed for both electric motor drive and wind turbine drive scenarios, and these studies are both sobering and exciting. We've been chided to a degree about devoting valuable resources to a program which "tries to use an age-old model to deal with new-age problems" - that we are only 'tilting at windmills'. But even if we're unable to verify OU operation in first-round testing, the Dynamo 1 prototype is a beautiful piece of unconventional equipment which will teach us a great deal, which expresses some very adroit engineering, and which just may prove to be a very significant and newsworthy scientific achievement.
    To the extent permissible, we will try to provide a few photos periodically as work progresses, perhaps as incorporated in a new project webpage. Students, engineers, and prospective investors may obtain a copy of either the Eddy Current & Stator Loss Analysis white paper or an edited ("B") version of the Project Manual upon request, with prior submission of a basic 1-pg. NDA.

2/09/05 - AESI 2004 Year-End Report:  Despite the lack of recent postings, the last few months spanning the change of the year have been very busy and productive. However, notwithstanding the available funding we have (for a change), we have only just been able to secure delivery of all of our prototype EDF Generator's primary power system components.
    Before installation in the 24kW Generator, this unique non-magnetic hi-voltage source system will be assembled, tested, and documented as our 2nd (and final) proof-of-concept experimental set-up (in a new webpage similar to the first, but with more and better photos!).
    While last year's annual report optimistically asserted that we should by now have completed the 24kW air-cooled prototype, it has instead taken all that time just to get this far. The important thing, though, is that we made it, and will be able to make demonstrable progress much more quickly from here on out. Moreover, 2004 was a good year for us in that the 'StarDrive' Generator's international patent rights are still intact and secure on all fronts, and professional interest and enquiries continue to increase worldwide – albeit slowly.
    Finally, as the unbelievable delay in shipment of our outrageously expensive parts carried over into the first two months of 2005(!), we were able to develop a complete pre-production technical manual for a very sophisticated variant of the Faraday disk dynamo described on our Over-Unity webpage. This beautiful neo-classic machine, which is under construction, has a peak output power rating of 4.33 kW at 1900 rpm, and will be discussed further in a soon-to-follow separate posting. [Certain technical information about this project, including a definitive white paper on stator-variant loss analysis, is being made available to those who sign a basic NDA with us.]
    I truly expect 2005 to see us finally complete the contruction and testing of both these exciting and advanced prototype energy system products. In the meantime, it is at least comforting that no one else has yet demonstrated any practical self-sustaining OU hardware either - let alone any with solid cost-effective product potential. To put it simply, this is our goal for 2005; may you all have a prosperous and Happy New Year as well!  

Kind regards,  

Mark R. Tomion
Pres.
Archer Energy Systems, Inc.

11/02/04 - Tomion's 'StarDrive' Interview with Tim Ventura:   Those of our far-sighted visitors who are interested in hearing about the EDF Generator's ultra-high-voltage propulsive variant straight from the inventor himself may find the recent ½-hour American Antigravity interview with Mark Tomion of some interest. The discussion centers around the similarities and differences between Mr. Tomion's "StarDrive" device and the historic Levity Disk of John Searl. This recorded interview may be accessed from the bottom of the linked page (above).

10/03/04 - Announcing a new AESI Officer and our First Int'l. Investor!:  Archer Energy Systems, Inc. would like to welcome Ricardo Zepeda Graham, Vice Pres. of Doxa Int'l., SA de CV in Mexico City, as our first international investor and as a duly-elected Assistant Secretary of AESI who is now qualified and authorized to act as our official company representative throughout Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean region. Mr. Graham is currently attending Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), where he will soon complete his MBA. He has our best wishes for academic success, and our sincere gratitude and appreciation!

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08/06/04 - Announcing AESI's initial Private Placement Offering:  While the fine continuing encouragement and support of our many 'working class' correspondents has been very gratifying, the scientific "community" in this country has thus far failed to give our proprietary Electrodynamic Field Generator technology the serious and unbiased attention it truly deserves. Therefore, adequate academic sponsorship funding for the completion of our expensive prototyping work hasn't been forthcoming, in some cases as promised, and apparently industry engineers are just not going to be able to get their companies interested in the EDF Generator without a "white paper" or two on its complex yet elegant operating theory – despite the availability of the 100-page Patent and published 440-page technical manual!
    Needless to say, to us this is ridiculous and wholly unacceptable! Archer Energy Systems, Inc. is therefore pleased to announce the commencement of our initial AESI Private Placement Offering, whereby a limited number of qualified investors of vision have the exciting opportunity to acquire an equity interest in the EDF Generator and its worldwide intellectual property rights. Our valued investors will thereby also be doing us the invaluable service of making the Company essentially self-funding and, together with management, will enable us to keep the development of viable self-sustaining power generation equipment moving forward and the destiny of the EDF Generator technology firmly in the Company's own hands.
   

 
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