ISS FALLING BODIES GRAVITY TEST – Abstract
“If released in a vacuum, all objects will accelerate at the same rate.” – Galileo 1589 A.D.
This assumption made over 400 years ago, is a profound statement that remains the fundamental principal upon which modern day physics and mankind’s understanding of gravitation is based, and it has never been tested as proposed.
It is now possible to release spheres from over 200 miles above Earth from an orbiting platform in the vacuum of space, to track, monitor, and record their accelerations due to gravity, and to accurately test Galileo’s hypothesis like never before.
Along with Gravity, how do the other three forces known in nature, Electromagnetism, Strong nuclear and Weak nuclear forces effect the acceleration of “free-falling” bodies?
This question was not contemplated by Galileo at the time, however their effects could have great influence on the results and reveal physical phenomenon to help us better understand the origin of gravitation and the structure of the sun.
Counterhypothesis: “Objects with high magnetic permeability will accelerate slower”.
We welcome participation from all interested parties to collaborate with us to conduct Galileo’s hypothesized gravity test on falling bodies from the International Space Station (ISS) for the betterment of mankind!
SPACE… it’s time!
ISS FALLING BODIES GRAVITY TEST – Overview
From the International Space Station (ISS) we will release into space spheres of materials with different magnetic permeability to observe, track and record their “free-fall” motion through curved “spacetime”, to better understand how the four known forces: Gravity, Electromagnetism, Strong nuclear and Weak nuclear forces influence the spheres indivdually and collectively, in an effort to learn how “a gravity field is the product of a body’s motion through curved spacetime”!
Total to release is 6 hollow spheres 100 mm diameter, 1 Kg each
5 metal spheres – empty, and 1 acrylic sphere – containing a cluster of 13 spheres, 27 mm diameter with 3 drill holes each
1. AISI 1006 Carbon Steel (UNS G10060): (high permeability) 100 mm diameter (hollowed to be 1.0 Kg, equal to other spheres)
2. Alloy Steel 52100 (UNS G52986): (not as high permeability) 100 mm diameter (hollowed to be 1.0 Kg, equal to other spheres)
3. Aluminum Bronze (UNS C95400): (low permeability) 100 mm diameter (hollowed to be 1.0 Kg, equal to other spheres)
4. Titanium – Ti (UNS R50250): (zero permeability) 100 mm diameter (hollowed to be 1.0 Kg, equal to other spheres)
5. Neodymium – Nd (high strength magnet) 100 mm diameter (hollow to be 1.0 Kg, equal to other spheres)
6. Acrylic (PMMA): (zero permeability) 100 mm diameter (hollowed to contain a cluster of 13 Neodymium (high strength magnets) 27 mm diameter with three drill holes each, to be 1.0 Kg collectively, equal to other spheres)
CubeSat – (Maneuverable video camera and radar with GPS)
Deployed immediately before the spheres at a lower altitude and equipped with attitude control, video camera, radar and GPS, etc., to record and transmit the spheres’ motions, and relative positions.
IF YOU HAVE THE EXPERTISE AND WOULD LIKE TO BUILD AND OPERATE OUR CUBESAT VIDEO CAMERA PLEASE CONTACT US!
ISS FALLING BODIES GRAVITY TEST – Process
To be determined…