Robert W. Beckwith is a modern renaissance man: inventor, electrical engineer, entrepreneur, artist. At his business site, Beckwith Electric Co. Inc., you can buy both a variety of advanced electronics and prints of his paintings. He also heads Beckwith Electric Research, which "conducts research at the forefront of present-day engineering, physics and beyond". He has a number of patent applications in the pipeline, but I want to point out his two most recent and interesting*:
"Superconducting carbon 12 atomic strings and methods of manufacture of cables containing parallel strings" describes high-temperature superconductor wires that can be used for lossless electric power transmission and distribution, promising a savings of as much as $100 billion per year and a reduction in Global Warming.
The technology can also be used in a Storm Energy Reducing System (SERS) that would reduce the destruction caused by hurricanes. This would work by having a carbon superconducting belt laid on edge on the ground with a vertical steel pipe drawing energy from storm clouds. Besides regional storm abatement, Beckwith thinks SERS can be installed along the Equator to balance the Earth's heat loss by generating controlled storms, reversing the effects of climate change. While this is technologically doable, he cautions: "The most serious problem is in obtaining release of security by the National Security Agency or other agencies responsible for such action. Humans and others may block this release." (Unfortunately, he doesn't elaborate on what these "others" may be, leaving us to fear the worst.)
In explaining SERS technology, Beckwith reveals the startling truth that the US Navy has been using superconducting belts to make their ships capable of levitation, teleportation and time travel. While the extent of deployment of this technology throughout the fleet is uncertain, Beckwith knows firsthand that it's being used in the Osprey class of wooden-hulled mine-hunter ships, in particular the USS Cardinal (MHC-60):
Mrs. Beckwith and I visited the Cardinal as members of a group of about 30 that were the first aboard on Sunday morning, Armed Forces Weekend, 1998. We had spent Saturday at McDill Air base in Tampa looking at airplanes and saw a small notice of the inspection trip that we attended on Sunday.
In first touring the Savannah, an ocean going wooden hulled minesweeper, we were told 'wait until you see the Cardinal, that's where all the action is'. The Cardinal and other mine warfare ships of the Osprey class were known throughout the Navy as the most choice assignment in the Navy.
When invited aboard the Cardinal, the capabilities of the ship were made public. We were told that on Friday they were busy in the Persian Gulf. Sometime overnight they 'blinked', ie teleported to Tampa Bay and from there traveled on the surface to the Tampa Navy dock. The mission control officer, Lieutenant Joe. Sinninger, showed us his flat panel display with a one line diagram of the surrounding area and an Icon showing the Cardinal's position. He said that the action was the same as during training and that the only way that he knew that they had changed position from the Persian gulf was when his display 'blinked' from one showing the Persian Gulf to the one that we saw showing the position at the Tampa Navy dock. Moreover, he said that Monday morning they would blink to a port in Japan where they were to clear some mines.
A cabinet, said to contain their positioning computer, separated the mission control officer from the operations and maintenance officer. The maintenance officer told us that sometimes they had to bring a new form of mine up and stow it in a container on deck.
The ARVN (Automatic Retrieval Vehicle Navy), is a highly automated tethered submarine. ARVNs are outlined under odd page numbers of the Reference 1 MHC Commissioning booklet. A second device, outlined under even page numbers, is used to bring mines up for taking back to base for reverse engineering. He said their operation became dicey when they had to use one of the second devices to bring a mine on deck. They had to go to the visible, real time, mode while on deck with unfriendlies bearing down on them in gunboats. Whenever possible they blinked ahead a bit in time where others couldn't see them since they were not there yet.
The ARVN driver said that he could disassemble a sophisticated mine and set an explosive to blow it up. Mines were designed to be exploded and reset themselves for further destructive explosions.
Various crew members told the group of the danger that would exist if they had anything made of iron in their clothing. A staple or paper clip could be deadly, propelled by the high magnetic field through their bodies when they teleported to a new position.
In a trip below deck we went past an assembly of cabinets each the size of a double refrigerator. The cabinet was marked 'Marconi Degausing Equipment'. An LED on the panel was labeled 'Teleportation Mode'. It was, of course, unlighted at the time.
Before leaving the ship at the end of our visit I remarked is to Commander Sheehan that no attempt was made to hide their ability to become invisible and to teleport long distances around the world. His response was that there was no need not to tell the truth since most people did not believe what they were told!
(The BECI store has a copy of the USS Cardinal Commissioning Ceremony book on CD, for those interested.)
But Beckwith isn't content to leave "blinking" to the Military; he wants to commercialize teleportation. In his patent application for "infinite speed space communications using information globes", he explains what is known about teleportation:
It is common knowledge that strong rotating magnetic fields are used to enclose stealth ships and space craft in their own divided space, free from universal space. Once the separation is made, teleportation to another location can be made in essentially zero time. Personnel on the ships or space craft suffer no changes whatsoever so long as they have no iron or other magnetic material in their clothing that can move dangerously in the large magnetic fields used to accomplish teleportation.
He then proposes a test to see if this technology could be used for practical communications:
This inventive apparatus is intended for use in determining whether communications at nearly infinite speed is possible by teleporting globes of air or other gas contained in divided spaces from a first location to a second location.
If this test works, Beckwith sees a number of uses for the technology, including: real time communications between the Earth, the Moon, and Mars at 900 mb/s via frequency shift keyed (FSK) coding; a secure communication channel between two parties with no possibility of man-in-the-middle attack; and the ability to beam breathable air and nutritious "broth vapor" to space stations.
While that last ability gives his technology an advantage over the Davy Tachyon Transceiver -- which is completely incapable of transmitting piping-hot soup gas to our brave stationauts manning their frigid outposts -- it falls short of St. Clairian hyperspace technology, which can communicate in real time across the galaxy and enfold a whole plate of toast. However, if Beckwith can develop his teleportation globe technology so that it can send solid -- or at least proper liquid -- food, I think he'll have a real winner.
(* Beckwith resubmitted his patent applications multiple times with only minor differences; above I refer to the most recent submission as of this posting.)