Gravity guns are impossible says scientists

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Just in case you had any doubts, the elite JASON scientists have reported that gravity weapons are impossible.

A “gravity gun” from a computer game.

New Scientist reports:

When the JASON team did the maths, however, results were not good for the plan’s supporters.

The technique is so inefficient that it would take longer than the lifetime of the universe for every power station on Earth to produce a gravitational wave with the energy of one ten millionth of a Joule. Accelerating a spacecraft at 10 metres per second squared, a rate that just exceeds the pull of Earth’s gravity, would require 10^25 times (a 1 followed by 25 zeroes) the electricity output of the world.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Ken Ken on Feb 04, 2010

    The device in the game is nicknamed "Gravity Gun," but is techniclly called the "Zero-Point Energy Field Manipulator," and therefore may not even involve gravity to do any lifting.

  • Anton Anton on Feb 27, 2010

    I think HL2 was the first game to incorporate a well working gravity gun.