"If the vacuum is indeed mutable and degradable as was explored, then it might be possible to do/extract work on/from the vacuum, and thereby be possible to push off of the quantum vacuum and preserve the laws of conservation of energy and conservation of momentum. It is proposed that the tapered RF test article pushes off of quantum vacuum fluctuations, and the thruster generates a volumetric body force and moves in one direction while a wake is established in the quantum vacuum that moves in the other direction."...
It's hard to describe to someone who doesn't have a good understanding of modern physics just how bizarre this effect would be.
First, it breaks conservation of momentum. That is so far beyond impossible that it's not clear how we would start building a new model of the universe.
Second, it means the universe is not translationally symmetric. We think the universe behaves the same wherever we are. The rules of physics appear to be the same everywhere. If this device works, that is no longer true.
It's also a free-energy device.
Nobody is saying that we're at the end of scientific discovery. But the current unknowns are at the extremes of scale, at the quantum level and at the galactic level. But in the realm of kilowatts and millinewtons, we are pretty damn sure we understand how things work. It seems incredible such an effect would not have shown up before as a confounding error source in many other scientific experiments and practical engineering....
I'd recommend putting your faith in witchcraft before EmDrive. It's kind of a toss-up as to whether witches or physicists throw better parties.
Is this a joke? Physicists throw terrible parties. You want to party with witches, hands down.
Also in the comments is a glowing example of absolutely everything that is wrong with Star Trek in just two sentences:
In this episode, a pair of sibling scientists show that warp drive propulsion is harming the very fabric of space. A sub-plot involves Data attempting to train his pet cat, Spot.