The Gyrane

Dr. Enzmann

It is possible to control-change-direct the altitude (the way a spacecraft points) and even scan-and-track with it, cause it to rotate or stop its relation in any of three planes, or accelerate or decelerate in its inertial frame without either the use of gyroscopic flywheels, expenditure of reaction, or any other mass.

This can be done because energy and momentum, both ultimately governed by Newtonian action-reaction, can be transformed one into the other.

For example: momentum of falling water spins a turbine wheel. Magnetically, the wheel’s momentum is transformed into energy. The energy is propagated by direct or alternating current (occasionally imaginatively as EM waves) in processes excellently described, but even today, 2000 AD, not really understood. At a switch, energy is easily transformed back into momentum by turning on an electric fan.

This is accomplished by the Gyrane, the invention of Dr. Enzmann (patent pending). It is used in concert with the Athodyde faster-than-light engine.

That the Gyrane is possible is based on the fact that photon energy (e=hµ(1-d/D) and momentum (P=mv) differ. Energy is not conserved.

Gyranes operate outside time – at least time that can be measured by material clocks or are physiologically knowable. Athodydes are curious machines, one of the few devices possible in this universe that can operate in two space-time frames concurrently. They function in real Earth time and in Ship’s time.

A rough schematic of a Lance gyrane by Edwin Pangman and Dr. Enzmann, from the Archive.

The mighty interstellar engines called Lance Drives and their power plants are things of the real universe. As time slows down their thrust weakens even as the output of the power plants that activate them dwindle. When a ship’s time runs at half of Earth’s time, two lances must be ganged to equal the power of one Lance in real-time.

As the velocity of starships in the æther approaches that of light, time runs slowly. When a minute passes as though it were a second the output of reactors and engines drops, slowing down such that the output of a minute equals the output of a second of normal time.

Ultimately there is only one force: reaction to action. All forces are modulations of action and reaction. Descartes stated that all actions can be described mechanically because they are mechanical.