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Asked by: woopy
Subject: inertial propulsion with gyroscope
Question: Since some time i am trying to better understand the gyros.
So i replicated some of M. Fiala's work, and some of Eric Laithwaite.

Please see my youtube channel on the topic. There are 15 videos


Part 1 /part 8 / part 14 / and part 15 are particularely interesting.

And my question is why all these systems works.
Date: 23 April 2018
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Answer: Glenn Hawkins - 24/04/2018 02:47:52
 Hi Woody,
The ones I saw are all the same. Notice that the speed of the revolving gyroscope keeps changing through every revolution. That is, it changes rotation speed each time at the same degrees,and place. It changes from fast to slow. That is what we call slip stick. The ball bearings are jerked faster in one direction. This, causes stronger inertial resistance in one direction and less in the other, because of the greater to lesser acceleration mass receives. I wish I could have made it clearer.

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Answer: woopy - 24/04/2018 10:21:30
 Hi Glenn

Thank's for your answer.

On other forum this so called " slip stick" effect was already mentionned

So i made an experiment to test this eventual issue. See part 8 of my video serie.


As you can see, the device translate forwards but not the black plate (substrate)

If there is some slip stick, the substrate should move backwards and the device should move back and forth without translating forwards.

in video 14


the device is placed on a suspended wheel, without slip stick possible. The wheel hang on a monotoron unidirectional thread (no twist unwinding possibility)

Please take the time to look at other videos, because in comments a lot of other issue are already answered.

What i am looking for in this forum is to perhaps dicuss and find why as m. Fiala sayd in his patent, a good gyro when spinning and precessing seems to exhibit some lost of inertia. (angular momentum)

many thank's


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Answer: Nitro - 24/04/2018 19:06:25
 Dear Woopy

Your device, shown in part 9 of your videos, contains the necessary elements I have laid down as requirements for the inertial propulsion – I have referred to the basic requirements as a “gyrodynamic stroke” followed by a “Newtonian stroke”, repeated. My machine uses the principle of preventing precession on the return stroke to act as the “Newtonian stroke. This reduces the weight and complication of my earlier machines which changed the axial angle of the gyros, to effectively switch off the precession, for the Newtonian stroke. Although my earlier machines produced inertial propulsion they carried too much unproductive weight which reduced the distance moved with each stroke.

I am please to notice that you (unwittingly perhaps) use “Nitro’s first law to effectively push the gyros against their curved guide rails to guide the gyros, preventing them from precessing for the Newtonian stroke while the gyros move away from the guide rails to become free to precess (again thanks to Nitro’s first law) for the precessional stroke.

That you used a pendulum system instead of the rotating system I chose limits your part 9 machine’s potential inertial thrust output as only gravity is available for the driving force. No matter, you have so very nearly caught me up you must be congratulated. I do not understand why, however, in the other video you refer to (video 14), you have returned to the oscillating nightmare of a single gyro arrangement instead of your (very clever) twinned gyro arrangement that is the one that most clearly demonstrates inertial movement with no (or very little to be exact) external reaction. I love the flexible drive arrangement and wish I had your mechanical hacking skills and persistence.

The problem for you is that although you now know that inertial propulsion is indeed possible you need to try and figure out a commercial application for it as the propulsion is (as far as I can discover) only produced in small discrete movement packages and not the hoped for continuous acceleration. “It will push your falling craft back into orbit Mr Nasa but it will unfortunately take a very long time and shake all the astronaut's fillings out while it does it”! Yes, I do understand that multiples can smooth out the impulses but the non acceleration is a problem.

The part 15 video is a conundrum that I think can be explained by Nitro’s first law (a gyro will precess every force applied to change its axial angle not just the force you first though of) though trying to visualise how that can cause the gyro to lift instead of falling while the arm is caused to lift is counter-intuitive and has still got me beat.

kind regards

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Answer: woopy - 24/04/2018 21:54:17
 Hi Nitro

wow! i think that we are on the same track.

I agree with your denomination of "gyrodynamic stroke (GS) versus Newtonian stroke (NS).

It is exactly what happen on my experiment.

Yes the part 9 and 10 shows the twin pendulum system which work very well on the ground (ball bearings) and also on the suspended wheel.

You can see on the part 13


a test with forced horizontal precession which also seems to work well .

I have tested a lot of other configurations with more or less success, but i am stacked at the WHY during the GS the gyro mass does not exhibit the same inertia as during the NS.

As i am new on this forum, i don't know your "Nitro's first law", can you give me some link to thread where i can study it please.

And of course why in part 15 the gyro goes up should be studied as well. Because once we have get it,(if we can) we will progress very fast i am sure.

Anyway thank's very much for your very helpfull post


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Answer: Brian Morris - 26/04/2018 08:35:46
 Hi Woopy

Great series of videos. There is now overwhelming empirical evidence that mass can be displaced by internal action. You have given clear and indisputable evidence in your work.

I found your video 15 of particular interest. Professor (not Mr) Laithwaite threw out a whole slew of questions. Like you he was trying to get answers!

I have not looked at this one for many years. The gyro anomaly, does as you say appear to be a loss of inertia when the gyro is spinning. This is caused by the internal forces developed by the gyro. This is what I call Dark Motion which I can describe by Newtonian Dynamics.

One of the effects of this apparent loss of inertia is the absence of centripetal acceleration. I have written at length on this in previous posts as “Ants on a Hex”. When you observe a gyro on a string, (my specialist subject) the string does not move away from the vertical to provide a force to pull the gyro back into orbit. It moves in the opposite direction, pushed by the gyro.

The gyro produces a centripetal force by internal action.

This force could well result in the observed movement in video 15. As the gyro droops the radial force is pointing at an upward angle, disturbing the equilibrium of the system and rotating it about the pivot, lifting the gyro up. No weight loss.

A simple test, if you can try it, would be to start the gyro at an upward angle of say 45 degrees so that the radial thrust is acting to pivot the arm downwards.

Keep up the good work

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Answer: Glenn Hawkins - 26/04/2018 14:04:47
 Good Morning all you wonderful guys,
If you are enjoying yourselves, I suppose nothing else maters. In fact, I am sure of it. The gyroscope is so complicated that the top university experts do not even know! that they do not know-- the how and why of it. So, your projects can last forever because of the complications. Not everyone gets to have the fun and intensity as you have, my friends.
Live Long and Prosper,
Spock, alias Glenn

I actually do like you.

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Answer: Nitro - 26/04/2018 17:05:09
 Dear Laurent,

With your interesting accent and flat mains plugs in the background of your video, I am trying to figure out where you live. Though as your English is good it is hard to tell from your accent – Nosey sod aint I?

Just worried that I may find my door handles smeared with Novichoc if I don’t reveal the secrets of my inertia drive. You have to be joking, Nitro! If the Ruskies or, preferably, the British want it it is there for the asking. An acknowledgement of my primacy would be nice though.

Laurent, there is no need to be stacked over why during Gyrodynamic Strokes the gyro mass does not appear to exhibit the same inertia as Newtonian Strokes. This, like so many anomalies with gyros, is simply down to Nitro’s first law (A gyro will precess every force acting to change its axial angle, not just the force you happened to think of) which I use as it helps explain numerous counter-intuitive effects. This is why I have banged on about Nitro’s first law in the past on this site as it is key to better understanding of what goes on. It also helps predict what will happen with any proposed mechanical arrangement. It is often the inculcation with Newtonian physics that causes poor prediction, so deep is the almost religious indoctrination that we often cannot see the wood for the trees.

One of the most difficult applications of Nitro’s first law to get your head round is that when an offset gyro is suspended from a fine thread or on a frictionless vertical axis on a frictionless (off course “frictionless” is a nonsense so that should read “nearly frictionless”) base. When released carefully into precession the gyro rotates around its support – all very normal and commonly observed by every child with a gyro on an Eifel tower. But! Hang on a minute. If the gyro’s large mass is moving in a rotary sense around its support where is the equal and opposite mass movement insisted on by Newton's third law? The answer is, of course :- There isn’t any opposite mass movement. The accepted scientific view is that the gyro must rotate round its centre of mass. This is not so and I put up this crude demonstration video to show this:-

This is the reason the GS part shows no (well little, as there is no such thing as a perfect gyro, or machine) mass inertia and is the first clue that some people have finally “got it”. Namely that the “impossibility of mass displacement or impulse drive or anti gravity or any other name you wish to give it - without pushing on something or throwing away something – is actually possible”, as, if there is no opposite mass rotation in this example then there exists a path (tortuous, but a path none the less) to usable reactionless mass displacement.

The reason that a constrained gyro acts like a Newtonian (ie non spinning) reactive mass is explained by the application of “Nitro’s first law” (did you guess that?). Taking your twin pendulum device as an example:- when the pendulum swings on the NS stroke gravity applies a force to change the gyros axial angle which results in this force being precessed through 90degrees to push the gyro against the guide rail. So far so easy. Now, Nitro’s law kicks in and things get a little more interesting. The effect of the force caused by the rail pushing against the gyro (for as surely as the gyro is pushing against the rail the rail is pushing against the gyro) is also precessed through 90degrees in the direction that the pendulum was falling under gravity. Thus each force (gravity and the rail’s pushback) has been precessed through 90degrees (180 in total) the gravitational force being precessed twice comes out in the same direction as the original force making the gyro act as though it was a non spinning mass being accelerated as per Newtonian law. Et Voila; you have the key to the required 2 stokes, one gyrodynamic and one Newtonian to achieve reactionless propulsion. Its motion is somewhat jerky but by twin mirroring my machine it will work in weightless conditions.

Converting my realisation of the possible into a practical machine is something that has exercised me since I was a child at Summerhill School when, as we didn’t have to go to lessons, I started to find out about gyroscopic effects while stripping old bicycles with Tim Israel (a bike mad friend). First I discovered, as so very many kids (and indeed adults) have, that wonderfully weird effect of the spinning wheel feeling like it is alive as it turns ninety degrees from any way you tried to turn it.

later I discovered, after the front wheel and forks had been fitted to the bike’s frame and the frame clamped in a vice, that the steering handlebars could, with the wheel spun up, be rotated round and round by one finger quiet freely with none of the gyroscopic apparent resistance at all. I had discovered, though I didn’t know it at the time, that a gyro that was constrained and unable to precess, acted like a plain non spinning mass. This is a product of, as described above - Nitro’s first law – what a surprise.

So having made this extraordinary discovery I immediately rushed to the patent office – Nah! Not really. I just continued being a normal but very curious kid (my wife, who also went to Summerhill school would probably say “A very, very, curious kid!”). Much later my brother who worked at de Havilland's made me the gift of an old helicopter workshop manual which started the curiosity again and I began making a few test models. Soon, thanks to “Nitro’s first law” I cracked what was needed and sat back for years and did nothing as, like so many inventors (I had started inventing other things by then that made money which was much needed) I assumed that with so many genius scientists in the world what I had found out must already have been known.

When the sainted Eric Laithwaite went public with a vertical scissoring device very like mine and claimed that it lost weight I actually cried with anger at myself for not having got my finger out and progressed my invention. Soon, however, I realised that poor Professor Laithwaite had made a terrible error in part of his understanding which we all now know would allow the howling jackals of the Royal Society and most scientists to revile him for not sticking to the established teachings. This has guaranteed that even if you have a working machine which, Laurent, though they be basic, you and I know we have, we would still get laughed out of the laboratory of any scientific establishment you approach for help.

Where one goes further with this I still don’t know. It should be taken further even though I don’t see it producing the hoped for smooth acceleration, but surely it will lead to better understanding of the subject and then who knows where it will go.

I may give Dr. Hugh Hunt at Cambridge University, if he is still around, another try but like most scientists I think he has an off switch behind his ear and a sign in his forehead that lights up with “WARNING! NUTTER IN SHED” when ever inertial drive is mentioned no matter what proof he be proffered.

Kind regards

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Answer: Sandy - 26/04/2018 22:52:38
 Good evening everyone,
It is refreshing when the “Forum” springs to life to debate certain gyroscopic anomalies which are invariably scorned by the establishment.
When I inserted “Antigravity Machine - Part 3” onto YouTube it was for the sole purpose of directing interested minds towards a method which makes the acquisition of inertial thrust possible.
The device in question was designed to demonstrate that centrifugal force or angular momentum if you prefer it that way, can be manipulated by the altered rotation speed of the gyroscopes.
This is also true for changes in what you tend to call hub rotation speeds.
Needless to say, a bit of one and a bit of the other, can also have an effect on the magnitude of those changes.
I was surprised at the number of lame brains who made stupid remarks at the device not demonstrating thrust.
It was never meant to.
I would guess many of them would struggle reading joined up writing but I thought my printed word was clear enough.
They obviously know nothing about gyroscopes and the accepted laws of physics.
It is also lucky that their adverse comments do not matter.
These things aside consider a balanced seesaw with a bucket mounted at either end.
If a material for instance water is poured into the bucket on the left, the bucket on the right will be forced to elevate.
Now if water is poured into the bucket on the right, at the same time the water in the left bucket is allowed to drain out, the bucket on the left will be forced to elevate.
It can be seen that by filling and emptying the buckets in a sequence a typical seesawing oscillation will take place.
Obviously the larger the amount of water in the descending bucket the greater the rate of downward acceleration.
What is interesting is the fact that the lighter bucket is always elevated and the heavier bucket is always descending.
The source of the water is at this stage irrelevant.
Now consider my demonstration device and what it is showing.
For a seesaw consider a rapidly rotating twin gyroscope system.
For water transpose angular momentum.
Do not expect me to show you how that is done, I am leaving something for you to do.
The net output is directly proportional to the cyclic changeover speed which at this stage in the game would hardly be called rapid.
That problem is therefore yours
Best regards
I first did this about 33 years ago.
My apologies Glenn but this is the closest I can get to having part of the action leave the system and then regenerate itself.

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Answer: woopy - 27/04/2018 18:20:07
 To Nitro
Very good video (nice bart and main plug HiHi)

When i saw the critics on the video's comment, i could not prevent me to make another video on the very same problematic.


Your video is very good and i will study your theory thank's

To Sandy
It is a pleasure that you come on this topic
Your great experience will be very appreciated
I will read all what i can find on your experiment

To Glenn
I have some problem for posting long reply, it seems that when i spend too much time answering, the forum does not accept the answer ?

To all thank's

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Answer: Nitro - 27/04/2018 22:04:20

Good video confirming my description of what actually happens but please in future give me credit for my input or it will stop.


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Answer: woopy - 27/04/2018 22:39:31

of course done

I have added on the comments of my video your video link.and you got 2 more visitors in five minutes. "pas belle la vie !!"
We are on the same boat Nick
and on the same track


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Answer: Nitro - 28/04/2018 04:01:24
 Hi Laurent,

Thanks for that.

Did you understand my (overly long) explanation of GS and NS?


PS Where in France?

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Answer: Sandy - 28/04/2018 21:41:35
 Good evening Laurent and all,
I would firstly like to say that the series of presentations made by yourself on YouTube is commendable and produces many problems for the establishment to satisfactorily address.
I did converse with Harvey Fialla for some time a few years ago and I did believe in his approach to one-way drive.
He did however admit that his devices would not be able to operate in space, but at that time I did believe that he could make them move horizontally as you have so obviously proved.
In Item 14 you demonstrated the ability of a rotating gyroscope suitably manipulated to enable a vertically suspended large ring to be rotated.
Away back in 1987 I built a pair of identical machines at the request of an Australian sponsor, one for workshop use and one containing the findings of the workshop machine for purely laboratory testing.
The gyroscopic mechanism you demonstrated was in fact half of the same mechanism I used for my successful lab test.
By half I mean that my device was designed to have two cams and two gyro arms, and like yours the gyroscopes braked on the cams and then accelerated away in exactly the same manner. This was early on in my gyroscopic apprenticeship, when I was just finding out how changes in gyroscope rotation speed or in system (or hub) rotation speed affected the amount of angular momentum generated.
As I was attempting to produce vertical thrust my gyroscopes were mounted at an angle of about 60 degrees to the horizontal, otherwise there were many similarities, even in the motion of the device.
It was a long time ago now but if you are interested the American Patent Application number was 5, 024, 112.
This device produced what I believe to be the only existing (since 1988) laboratory proof of the production of vertical inertial thrust by successfully completing 20 out of 20 separate tests.
The VIPAC Laboratory Test and Report is available if required.
I may say that the device was crude, hard to manipulate, not radio controlled but it did deliver consistent results in spite of me.

I must add that the initial design was conceived after a lengthy telephone call to one Scott Strachan of Edinburgh who produced a working inertial drive device several years before I did.
The cam mechanism was inspired as a result of the phone call from Scott, and while somewhat misguided at that time, did the trick.
Best regards,

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Answer: Glenn Hawkins - 29/04/2018 05:31:18
 Hello Woopy,
You are given only so much time on this site to type. Write your answer on your word program/ processor, MS Word, or Apple, cut and past to this site.
Glenn H.

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Answer: woopy - 29/04/2018 16:48:15
 Hi all
This post to thank you all for your contribution, very helpfull.
I am preparing a long post with word as per Glenn recommandations, to explain you where i am with my gyro research.
But it takes some time , and i am redoing some forgotten experiments after reading your proposals.
I will also try to post a picture .

This is a picture of an evolution of my succesfull ( part 13 ) forced precession first test. But very unattended this one (twin gyro) mounted on oppositin and alternating the GS and NS does not work at all. I think i know why. I will try to explain in my next longer post.

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Answer: woopy - 29/04/2018 16:51:22

The picture is not there

Is that a way to post picture or shematic on this forum ?


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Answer: Nitro - 29/04/2018 18:45:17
 Laurent I don't think that you can place pictures on this blog. Can only suggest you put it on a public picture site or a video on YouTube with a link here.


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Answer: Miklos Somos - 06/05/2018 18:51:10
 Dear Laurent,

Your devices are very nice. I liked the minimalistic realisation of them.

If You would not mind, then I would propose an experiment based on video Nr. 12.
It seems to me, that You spin up the gyro in the same direction by every try.
What would happen, if the gyro would spin in the other direction?



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Answer: woopy - 10/05/2018 18:00:37
 I all

Ihave read a lot on this forum and noticed that a lot of what i have experienced has already been discuseed , or disputed or explained or unexplained in the past.

A lot of usefull reading, thank's to all of you.

I am going on some experiment trying to isolate some particularity of gyro, trying to go deeper in the understanding but not easy at all.

Some one on another forum asked me afor a pendulum test. I don't like the pendulum test because they have a tendancy to kill the propulsive effect during the NS (newtonian stroque as per Nitro). But i made a video.


I Miklos

As you perfectly say, i try to stay very simple on my test. I hope you will replicate this very easy test so you can spin the gyro any direction you will and report.
My machine is no more working at the present.


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Answer: Nitro - 11/05/2018 14:38:05
 Nice one Laurent.

You certainly are fast with your experiments. I've had my latest improvement ready to go just sitting on the bench for over three years - I've got the inventors equivalent of writers block. After so many years, I suppose I'm fed up with the subject a bit.

I think you chose the wrong machine to test as it has to much rotary and not enough linear reactions. This makes the pendulum motions impossible to analyse, but good work anyway.

Use your twin pendulum machine and you will find that it will pass the NASA test.

You can buy me a pint when we meet. I live in Guernsey, Channel Islands (Les Isles du Manche if you must) are you far from there?

Kind regards

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Answer: woopy - 12/05/2018 11:26:32
 Hi Nick

yes the double rower could be better for this prendulum test, but it was destroyed during a test, and i never redone it, because i will try something different with the parts.

And as i have already said those pendulum test with our system are much too wobling for reall total result. To me it is as testing the rate of acceleration of a car on snow. It works but not optimally for sure.

I got a disturbing night, and i tried this


When i let the gyro go in precession you see that there is quasi no fall and the precession is direct, which seems to suit your Nitro's first law.

But how can we explain the mechanism of the mass transfer, if my explanation in the video is correct.

I will ow you a fondue if you come in center Europa, or if once i got too much money and will need Guernesey facilities to install my trust. HiHi, but it is not for tomorrow, but who knows


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Answer: Nitro - 12/05/2018 12:45:17
 Nice elegant explanation Laurent, your experiment and clear drawings have more than justified your sleepless night. It again demonstrates mass transfer quite clearly and shows the gradual change from a gyrodynamic mass to a Newtonian mass as the gyro looses speed – this is where nutation comes from.

Ha, Ha. A fondue it is then – Switzerland would explain the wonderful view from your balcony terrace. If you do get too much money my wife works in a trust company here – sadly I cannot get her to bring home any samples.

kind regards

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Answer: Sandy - 13/05/2018 10:58:43
 Good evening Laurent,
Your demonstration devices are very interesting, and good to watch.

After watching your excellent little machine, I would like to comment.
Assume a gyroscope is mounted on a shaft, and that shaft is rotated at a fixed speed.
Now assume that the gyroscope rotation speed is increased.
A loss of angular momentum can be measured, or if you like it that way a loss of centrifugal force can be measured.
Now consider the same shaft and gyroscope, with the gyroscope rotating at a fixed speed.
Now assume that the shaft with its rotating gyroscope is made to rotate.(call this the system)
A loss of angular momentum can be measured.
I am making the point that if I reduce the rotation speed of the gyroscope increasing the angular momentum, but if I increase the speed of the system this will initially tend to balance the loss of angular momentum.
This is basically what your device is demonstrating.
This gyroscopic action I was going to demonstrate next on “YouTube” after my not so well received “Antigravity Machine Part 3”.
However, the high ratio of idiots who cannot read printed words, but only watch the pictures has made me decide to leave them ignorant.

Great stuff Laurent.
Your little devices make a person ask a few questions.
Keep them coming.

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Answer: Sandy - 13/05/2018 11:15:42
Interesting point.
I meant to mention that its now rather obvious why Laithwate’s big wheel could be elevated so easily, but at that time Eric Laithwaite did not know either.
No magic, no tricks.
Simple physics of spinning wheels

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Answer: woopy - 14/05/2018 17:24:26
 Hi Sandy

Thank's for encouraging

I think i have well understood your device in your last video.
The problem is how to communicate all your great experience on a very complex system to people with a very formated thinking.

That's why i tried to isolate each part of the system with small experiments. And so i learn myself a lot of things and can progress.

Now i know that i will not twist the gyros but the gyros are already twisting my mind.

Yes i think i am on track to find why Eric Laithwaite (and you and also me ) was able to lift the big wheel, and i thought he knew what he did, my perhaps not.

And please do your next video, there will be for sure me to study it and discuss.

Will make soon a next video on the lack of inertia, really intersting



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Answer: Miklos Somos - 15/05/2018 22:05:37
 Dear Laurent,

I really enjoy Your experiments and enthusiasm about gyroscopes.

Gyrodynamics is a very unique and exotic topic in science too. Unique and exotic, because gyros are rarely used for practical, everyday purposes. You can find them only in special navigational instruments and positioning systems (in torpedos, in airplanes and aircrafts, in ships and in satelites). Their importance is diminishing with the upcoming of their electronic substitutes.

Therefore You will hardly find any scientist or professional, who really knows, whats going on in a gyroscopic system. But it does not mean, that gyroscopic motion is not explainable by science.
Gyrodynamics is not an easy thing to understand, on hand because gyros are not the part of our everyday life. On the other hand, gyrodynamics is a hard topic, if You would like to use mathematics (or mythematics as people here call it) for their investigation.

I'm currently working on the explanation of Your experiments based on classical mechanics (Newtonian if You like). My point of view is, that every effect You showed in Your beautiful experiments can be explained by the good old equations of motion. It is not an easy task, but it works. I hope, that I can give You a detailed document about the whys and hows soon.

I'm examining such experiments as Yours on the side of the official science for 10 years now. I would give You some hints, which could be useful in Your journey in the jungle of gyrodynamics.

The explanation of the marble test You have given in this thread before is false.
You wrote: "As you can see, the device translate forwards but not the black plate (substrate). If there is some slip stick, the substrate should move backwards and the device should move back and forth without translating forwards."
Sorry, but it is not the case. Friction is one of the trickiest forces besides inertial or pseudo forces (which drive the gyros according to classical mechanics). If You have slip stick, then the substrate will move with the device to some extent (as it can be observed in Your videos), not backwards. The static friction will behave as a weak glue between the substrate and the device.

If You are interested about how much effect friction has on the motion of Your devices, then You have basically two choices.
You should use load cells or any similar equipment (strain gauges) to measure the forces exerted by Your system. Sorrily such an equipment is very expensive, but it has the advantage, that it makes just microscopic deformations in order to measure the forces, and therefore it eliminates the effects of friction.

The second method is far more simple. I have found it on Youtube. Chad Rodriguez a guy, who formerly experimented with such devices, has offered it. If You have a device which rolls on steel bearings, then try the same device with ceramic bearings. The explanation behind that is if the device moves with the aid of friction, then if You could decrease friction in the system, then the movement of Your device will be mitigated. If Your device moves under the action of unknown gyroscopic forces, then with decreased friction the movements of Your device will be increased.

It is enough of me for today.

Good luck!



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Answer: woopy - 16/05/2018 13:35:42
 Hi Miklos
Whaoo you are a very good observer.
Effectively on my test part 8, the black substrate move with the device slightly and forwards.
But i am not so sure that my explanation is as you say… false . Let me try again.
So let’s assume that there is inertial propulsion (what i think it is), the Newtonian Stroke (NS) portion ( which is not the Gyrodynamic Stroke (GS)portion ) of rotation (180 degrees ) motorises the device forwards. Or other said during the NS, the gyro mass propells the device forwards by action and reaction.
So as there is some friction on the 4 ball bearings (they are not frictionless and ceramic bearing are perhaps better but they are not frictionless too) , it is quite normal that the substrtate is also slighttly pulled together with the device.
So as you can see the inertial propulsion is not only able to propell the device forwards, but also the substrate which is of the same weight as the device itself…..powefull is’nt it?
Contrary to your definition, to me the « stick slip effect « comes from the asymetric movement and schacking of a device which induces a motorising effect into the ball bearings.
So if there is some stick slip effect, the translation is due to this motorising effect of the ball bearings and not to the inertial propulsion… right ?
So if it would be any stick slip on my test part 8, the substrate should be propelled backwards (due to the stick slip motorising action of the ball bearings against the substrate), and it should never goes forwards…..what it does as you cleverly observed ??
This test part 8 was proposed by other physicists on an other forum, because they suspected the stick slip action on the ball bearing as being the motorisation cause of my device. And they proposed to me to execute this test (part 8) as it would be the ultimate to check this effect . Since this test has been done, i have received no more negative comments from those people, i suppose they are happy with it ??
Look at this video at 0.35, the guy put a toy truck on a substrate on an air table, and it is very clear that the substrate is propelled backwards due tot he action of the motorising wheels on the substrate. And the truck almost not move forwards. Action and reaction there.
Finally i will insist on the test, after discussion with other physicists, it is clear that the air table or the air track are not suited for this kind of device because of the asymetry between NS and GS portion which can incline slightly the substrate and the air can exhaust sidely creating some jet pulses hence falsify the results. Same with floating boat on water (side movement). And finally the suspended pendulum which decreases strongly the propulsive effect on the motorising NS portion due to the wobling.
So Miklos, who is wrong and who is right has no importance to me. And you are welcome if you will explain all this gyrodynamics with Normal laws, i would be very happy, and it would be much simpler, but so far i have looked for on internet and other places, the general explanations with a lot of vector and formulas, are never satisfactory and none of them clearly explain why Prof Laithwaite could lift the big wheel so easily.
To begin slowly, i would be interested to see your explanation for my video part 16
As the most interesting part is at the beginning oft he experiment, when the chariot does not move at all, i suppose we can avoid any stick slip explanation. So perhaps we can do better.
Newton is there for sure, but not sure where and how .
And this is the big and very interesting deal in this research.
Thank’s for input

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Answer: Miklos Somos - 16/05/2018 20:19:12
 Dear Laurent,

Now I understand Your statement better. But before I would make my remarks about it, I think it would be useful for the future to clarify some points.

First, I would let You know, that if I express my critics about anybody's statements, then I criticise the truth or validity of the statement, not the person itself.
So please do not take my critics personally. What we do here is not an obvious and easy thing, the errors and misconceptions are inevitable.

Based on that, I agree with You, it is not important WHO is right or WHO is wrong. But what really matters is WHAT is true and WHAT is not, WHAT works and WHAT not, HOW things work and HOW not.

Let's back to friction.

For me it is very important to use the words according to their definition. Stick-slip covers the following phenomena:

Stick-slip is caused by friction.
Friction has a two-fold nature. One is static friction, this force sticks two bodies tangentially together.
The other is kinetic or dynamic friction which arises between two bodies slipping on each other.
There has to be a force which pushes the two bodies together. Let there be a force system (denote it with F) which tries to move the two bodies tangentially relative to each other.
There is a critical magnitude of F, let say Fcr, under which static friction applies. Until F does not goes over Fcr, the two bodies do not move relative to each other.
If F exceeds Fcr then kinetic friction takes place. The two body starts to move tangentially relative to each other, they begin to slip on each other.
And interestingly, if the bodies are already slipping on each other, it needs less force than Fcr to maintain the slipping motion.

You can find a better explanation here:


Friction is a force that tries to hold things back. Therefore I do not agree with any physicist who tells, that stick-slip can cause any motorising effects in bearings.
I would gladly have a negotiation about that with those physicists. :)
But first it should be clearly defined, what those physicists mean under motorising effect.
According to my point of view, the asymmetrical shaking or jerk generated by the device and the friction in the bearings leads to the stick-slip phenomena arising in the bearings.
When the device exerts big forces then the bearing will slip, when the device generate only moderate forces, then the bearing will stick.
If the device produces this asymmetric force periodically, so that the magnitude of the forces depends only on the angular position of the gyro around the vertical axis, then the bearing will hinder the motion of the device in the direction of small forces, and will let the device move in the direction of great forces. Stick-slip will rectify the effect of the forces acting on the system.
This could be called a motorising effect, because it seems that something drives the device forward. But this effect will not move the substrate backwards.

So I would propose to separate the two things:

So for me motorising means driven wheels by any means, for example by an electric motor or anything else, which applies a torque on the wheels.
And stick-slip is defined as on wikipedia.

If I would like to check Your device, I would also ask You to do the marble test, but only to see whether the weels are somehow driven. In other words, to see if You cheat or not. :)
If the substrate moves backwards, then the wheels are driven or motorised as it can be seen on the video You have linked, where the good old russian inventor Mr. Tolchin shows the effects of a driven wheel on a substrate.

But motorisation or driven wheels in this sense cannot be caused by stick-slip.

So my conclusions about the marble test (so far):

1.) You have shown, that the wheels or bearings of Your device are not driven. It is confirmed by the motion of the substrate. It does not move backwards.
2.) It can be seen, that the system experiences stick-slip. The motion of the substrate clearly shows that. It moves slightly forwards.

I would propose the following test for You, to see if You are on the right track.

1.) Box in the device. Get some plexiglas and build a box around the moving parts. The air flow is even trickier as gyroscopes.
2.) Test the boxed device with steel bearings without substrate on a smooth levelled surface (on the glass in the marble test).
3.) Test the boxed device with ceramic bearings without substrate on a smooth levelled surface (on the glass in the marble test).

If the device moves faster, stronger, higher with steel bearings, then forget it.
Why has to be both of the bearings tested and compared? Because friction can not be totally eliminated. But it can be controlled. The comparison will show You the real cause of the motion.

I will try my best, to explain to You the motion of the system on video 16.



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Answer: Nitro - 17/05/2018 06:53:01
Dear Miklos Somos

The science of rotary motion has moved on little since Newton. However, to the curious (my wife would add the word “very” to that) the observable facts have changed things. The math to explain the observable facts, however, needs a little re-writing.

The anomalies I and others far smarter have noticed with gyrodynamics is easier to understand than much science because all that is needed to understand is the simple unbiased ability of a child's innocence to observe. Sadly most scientists are adults who have lost that childhood innocent ability through education that has for most people included Newtonian indoctrination.

Miklos, your “good old equations of motion” may well explain the wonderful motions of some of Laurent’s, Laithwaite’s and my (if you’ve bothered to look at mine) machines. I believe that these machines could possibly turn out to follow most of the classic motion laws and equations - barring the need to drop the word “opposite” from Newton's third law. If, as is entirely possible, you are right about the machines’ following the known laws of motion, it would, remarkably, (but not, to me, surprisingly) show that it is possible to circumvent Newton's Laws (well the third, at least) by actually using - er - Newton’s laws.

Weird physics it is what it is!

Miklos, until you can observe mechanical devices after you have cleared you mind of the current Newtonian induced religion, you will be unlikely to be able to understand the teachings of the new, greater god. I shall put up the simplest video examples to attempt to achieve this change in your understanding at the end of this.

While it is great that you have examined for ten years, the experiments of those who have looked outside Newton’s box, you have shown by your comments that you have so far been unable to countenance what has been put up, be me and others, to help those, like you, understand that there is a true new church in the physics of rotation.

There are a few, like me, who have successfully passed beyond the jungle of “slip/stick”, misinterpretation of random oscillation, the downright lies of others in the hope of fame and riches (Ha Ha) and the poor understanding by many of basic physics, to reach the holy grail of “unopposed mass movement, inertial drive, anti gravity”, or whatever the current nonsense name it is given. I have achieved reactionless impulse propulsion years ago and have shown the early crude machines. Naturally I have held back on divulging full details of the best machines but the keys including the patents (UK ones not worthless USA ones – they will patent any non functioning crap there) are there for those prepared to exert themselves.

Miklos you, like the ways of most of the old “it-aint-possible-and-the maths-proves-it, church”, have picked out just one example put up by Woopy (Laurent) that may possibly suffer from stick/slip (I haven’t studied all his videos) but why did you ignore all the ones that worked and did not show the possibility of “stick-slip”?

The Royal Institution shamefully did the same thing as you with the fantastic demonstrations of the new path by Professor Eric Laithwaite. While most of his observations were spot on, those supposedly learned people at the Royal Institution picked on the odd ones that were flawed by his enthusiasm and would better support their out of date and incorrect views. His only sin was that he missed out on a small step (which I, amazingly, found way before him but didn’t know how to get the scientific community to seriously discuss it – same old same old, today) and had his career and life ruined by his very peers who should have supported him on the new path.

While Laurent is fairly new to this subject he has shown with his machines that he is learning blisteringly fast.

If, Miklos, you really want to try to start learning – perhaps not as blisteringly fast a Laurent - then please look at this video I put up in a bid to get the understanding of convinced Newtonianists improved. I hold out little hope that a member of the old church has the balls to follow the links with an open mind or ask if they don’t understand what I show – please prove me wrong.

The following video shows the expected movement of a standard Newtonian reaction on a machine preceded by the, perhaps less expected, movement of a standard gyrodynamic reaction on the same machine. The input forces and mass are the same but the movements are not the same You need to ask yourself why :-


Miklos, the difference between the two (“G stroke” movement and “N stroke” movement, though small, is not faked and can be repeated ad inf.) shows in the simplest way I can figure out to show you and others that there is a way around/defect in/need to re-examine Newton's laws.

As you say:-

It is enough of me for today.

Good luck!



Kind regards

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Answer: woopy - 17/05/2018 08:34:33
 Hi Miklos
Thank’s for your info.
Here a video of what seems to me to be a perfect demo of a Stick Slip inertial (non gyroscopic) translation. Which works only on the full friction table for sure.


But for my education as i am here more to learn than to teach.

My question to you is :
if this guy put his device on a substrate of the exact same friction as the table top and of the exact same weight as the device itself (as it is the case in my part 8) and he put the substrate with the device on steel balls and on a perfect smooth and levelled plate of glass.

What will the substrate do,

1- Does not move at all ?
2- Goes backwards ?
3- Goes forwards ?
Other ?


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Answer: Miklos Somos - 17/05/2018 21:59:38
 Dear Nitro,

Your kind and warm words have almost turned me into a humble servant of the new God of Rotation.

As the pope of this new religion, You should choose a better method to get more followers. Naturally only if You would really like to have more.

I admit, I'm an adult. I think as an adult most of the time... Ok ok, lets say 10%. But every child needs at least one adult to be raised properly. They should be told to not to mess with the hot oven, or jump out of the window etc.
If You will, I can play that role. But I hope You won't.

You say that I do the same thing to Laurent what the Royal Institution did to Laithwaite. Do You really think that, or You just enjoy shouting childish nonsense about somebody You don't even know.
The Royal Institute did something, that I would never do. They just hid the fact that Laithwaite had ever been there. They supressed him. They ridiculed him.
I like what Laurent does, and how he does it. He seeks the truth, and he tries to assimilate and consider all available information. I respect him beacuse of that. His enthusiasm revives this forum too. I have shown his videos to some of my friends, and they were impressed too.

I'm here to help. I'm sorry that I do it contrary to Your taste. But I do not want to forget, what I have learned so far. What mankind have learned through the ages. Yes, I agree, there are some parts of our present knowledge, which should be reexamined. As prof. Salter has said: "I beleive that every law of physics ought to be given a very good kick at the back side every so often." Actually Newton has been already corrected by Einstein. And it can be, that he has to be corrected once again. But there are things which are there no matter whether You care or not. Gravity is there, friction is there and yes, stick-slip is there.

Actually it is there in Your device too.
It seems that You do not remember, that I have watched Your "Reaction question...
please leave your answers (polite please) below" video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Muckb1xigRA).
Interesting, that You ask Your audience for politeness...
Anyway I have even given a forecast, based on those bloody Newton's laws. And Your device had behaved accordingly.
I watch every video about gyros. Carefully. I have watched Laurent's videos also. But I can not react to every video at once. I'm just an ordinary human, not a pope.

An anecdote crossed my mind...
A mother buys two shirts for his son for christmas. The son puts on one of them on the next day. He goes down to have a breakfast. His mother stares at him: so you don't like the other one?

I have chosen the videos which show the stated propulsion effect, because I could give Laurent some simple advices based on these videos. I have found Nr. 15 (the old Laithwaite experiment) and Nr. 18. also very interesting, and I work on the equations of those, to see if Newton applies.

I would be glad, if there would be some effects unknown to classical mechanics. But to find them, the known effects should be identified and closed out. This is my method, I'm sorry if it is undigestible to You, and it lets You puking gratuitous assumptions on me.
I have not stated that "it-aint-possible-and-the maths-proves-it". I have only said, that if an experimenter, lets say Laurent, wants to check whether his device moves by the help of friction or stick-slip, then he should do the steel-ceramic-bearing test. That's all.



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Answer: Nitro - 18/05/2018 00:22:41
 Dear Miklos

My humble apologies. In my anger at the universal church of physics for their mistreatment of one of their own in Laithwaite and the delays in updating their understanding, I have allowed myself to become as blind as them in my anger at their inability to see past his obvious errors to see his perhaps less obvious truths. I should go back to the Conclave and, realising, as I do when less agitated, that the new church desperately needs those learned in the ways of the old church to bring about a change in belief, ask them to reappraise their votes for the new Pope to you - only if you end up agreeing with me - of course..

As an atheist I should never have got started on this religious analogy. Please keep helping with your input for a better understanding of this infuriating, addictive, subject.

Kind regards

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Answer: Glenn Hawkins - 19/05/2018 00:54:54
 Very good, Miklos Somos. You get an A + in my mind.

Still, consider that a very thin sheet of Styrofoam for the platform, about 1/16 inch thick is best. It is so light a baby’s breath will puff it away. Also if you can obtain them, hollow, lightweight plastic balls can be used. I have used these two items among others. These visibly reduce the effect of slip/stick. Nevertheless, in all my time and effort, so far as I have conceived, friction cannot be totally and completely avoided by any means. Evidence of the tiniest mount of friction will still exist – but greatly deduced from that shown on the listed website in the above posts.
Good Evening,

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