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Re: Ion Motors / Electrostatic Pendulum
Original poster: "Richard Wayne Wall by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <rwall-at-ix-dot-netcom-dot-com>
Tesla was not as impressed by big sparks as we are. However, he did use them
for promotion with the public and his sponsors. He enjoyed his showmanship.
Over all though, he considered sparks a great waste of energy for his main goal
of wireless energy propagation. Wardenclyff was not designed to be a huge
His patents state repeatedly that wireless propagation of energy was through
the "medium" and earth. Interestingly his patent states the propagation was
not by "radiant" means (he mentions Hertzian radio waves and excludes them),
but by actual conduction of the medium. There are several overlapping patents
on this topic and they are very interesting reading. Tesla was impressed by
Crookes vacuum tubes and he noted as a higher vacuum was approached they became
conductive. This is the crux of his idea and is noted in the patent. He
believed the evacuated "medium" behaved as a true conductor.
So Mike, your thread is right on target.
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> Sent: 7/22/01 12:13:26 AM
> Subject: Re: Ion Motors / Electrostatic Pendulum
> Original poster: "by way of Terry Fritz
> > Hi Mike, Ben, All,
> > Since Lightning is a phenomenon of the troposphere BELOW the
> > tropopause (below 50,000ft ~15-18 km) and since the ionosphere begins
> > the mesopause (above 260,000ft ~80-85 km) what is the transport mechanism
> > for
> > the forty or so miles ~60-65 km) in between the two?
> > (The existance of the ionosphere had not even been established until
> > decade after Wardenclyffe was demolished; highly unlikely that Tesla was
> > going to utilize it.)
> > Matt D.
> Tesla knew 'something' was allowing conduction in the upper atmosphere.
> Whether it was actually as high as the Ionosphere, I don't know. I don't
> think it matters whether or not a name had been given to it at the
> time.....As for the transport mechanism, I don't know that either.
> Capacitive coupling? Ionic conduction???
> My only goal with the previous letter is to see what ideas and thoughts
> might arise. There are a lot of brilliant people on this list and I would
> expect that 'we' could add significantly to the accumulated knowledge of
> mankind. I certainly don't have the answers, but thought this might make for
> a good topic of discussion. In my opinion, there has to be much more to this
> area of science than simply trying to make the longest streamers. While they
> are certainly amusing to watch, isn't it really just a waste of the energy
> put into the coil? I do realize that there is still more to learn about
> Tesla coils, but can we not achieve something that would be of more
> scientific importance than the length of streamers? This is what I was
> hoping to stir in you all as a topic of discussion. Now, maybe I should don
> my asbestos long johns........ ::grins::
--- Richard Wayne Wall