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Michael Minovitch Video Gallery

Video 1

August 27, 1990 Solving the Three Body Problem

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In this video (taken on Aug 27, 1990 by Richard Dowling), Dr. Minovitch explains how he discovered his planet-vehicle orbital energy exchange equation (which was a new equation in Celestial Mechanics) which he used to numerically solve the famous unsolved Restricted Three Body Problem for motion through the Solar System. He then goes on to explain how he applied his solution of the Three-Body-Problem serially to determine the trajectory of a free-fall space vehicle that uses the energy exchanges (via his energy exchange equation) at each planet to gravitationally catapult the vehicle from one planet to another at high speeds throughout the entire Solar System without using any rocket propulsion that was a completely unknown problem many time more difficult than numerically solving the famous unsolved Three Body Problem. This is how it became possible to break the high energy barrier of the classical theory of space travel based on the theory of reaction propulsion using Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion and explore the entire Solar System previously believed to be impossible without the development of advanced nuclear propulsion systems that turned out to be beyond engineering feasibility.

Video 2

1999 50th International Astronautical Congress

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This video was taken of Minovitch’s presentation of the 3rd IAF paper at the 50th International Astronautical Congress in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Oct 4-8, 1999. In this talk, Minovitch presents the archival evidence proving that previous to his invention, it was believed that the exploration of most of the Solar System was a technical impossibility because the believed-to-be required nuclear propulsion systems could not be developed. He also presents the archival evidence proving that all prior designs of multiplanetary trajectories were based on canceling out the effects of planetary gravitational perturbations, thereby proving that he invented gravity propelled interplanetary space travel popularly known as “gravity-assist trajectories”.

Minovitch also shows that certain individuals from JPL did not like the history of his revolutionary invention that opened up the entire Solar System to exploration and have, for almost 50 years, been trying to change it by knowingly publishing false information in the professional literature claiming that others anticipated the invention before Minovitch. Since the invention could not have been achieved without solving a mathematical problem many times more difficult than the famous Restricted Three Body Problem of celestial mechanics which did not occur prior to Minovitch, the logical effect and implications of all these false JPL publications discredits
all of the information that JPL has been publishing about everything in the professional literature.

This video also presents the conclusive mathematical evidence proving Minovitch is the inventor which is a fact independent of whether or not he ever receives any “official award” for it by those who control the professional societies. The mathematical evidenced has been published in his 2010 paper, “The Invention that Opened The Solar System to Exploration,” published in the journal Planetary and Space Science, and the archival evidence has been published in the three IAF papers (that can be downloaded from the Articles Gallery) by the American Astronautical Society (AAS), in History of Rocketry and Astronautics Series, for which Minovitch is very grateful.

 

 

Video 3

MINOVITCH FAMILY HOME MOVIES 1939-1948

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Duration: 1 hr 1 min

This video is a large collection of home movies of the Minovich family taken by Michael A. Minovich Sr. from Easter Sunday 1939 through the summer of 1948.
It was a very expensive and time-consuming project. In those days (long before the invention of video cameras), family home movies: were very rare and very
expensive. The fact that Michael's father devoted so much time and effort in this project shows how important he- regarded his responsibility of having and raising a
family, and preserving it on film. During World 1Nar 2, he worked on many different war-related engineering projects throughout the entire United States.
The camera that he used was a very expensive hand-held 16 mm movie camera of the same type used by professional newsmen at that time.

A brief description of Video 3 is the following:
"This video is a large collection of 16- mm home movies of the Minovich family taken by Dr. Minovitch's father, Michael A. Minovich from Easter Sunday 1939 through the summer of 1948. It shows several summer vacations, visits with relatives, and the large dairy farm in Pennsylvania owned by Michael's grandparents on
his Mother's side of the family. Most of the movies were taken during World War 2."


 

Video 4

MINOVITCH 3 PART VIDEO

  1. Irvine, CA High School Lecture

  2. 1989 Interview

  3. 2014 BBC News Clip

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This video is in three parts. The first part is a video recording of an invited lecture that Dr. Minovitch gave to a group of advanced (gifted) high school students in Irvine- California on October 17, 2016. It was a brief photographic presentation of his early life up through his summer employment at JPL in 1961. He presented some the documented published technical papers describing the little known true early history of interplanetary space travel based on reaction propulsion which was taken for granted and never questioned. This theory represented the basic physical theory (i.e., the underlying physics) upon which the entire field of interplanetary space travel rested at that time which was believed to be unchangeable.

Unfortunately, since most of the planets in the solar system are very far from Earth, it became apparent that the exploration of most of the solar system required the construction of nuclear propulsion systems, which were found to be impossible to achieve. Consequently, it was believed that the exploration of most of the solar system would remain impossible to achieve- for a very long time, if ever, Dr. Minovitch's 1961 invention of gravity propelled interplanetary space travel (also known as "gravity-assist trajectories") was a monumental breakthrough invention
in the history of space travel because it over-through the most basic principle of interplanetary space travel -- reaction propulsion - believed to be unchangeable, and made interplanetary exploration of the entire solar system not only possible, but easy with small launch vehicles and no reaction propulsion after the initial launch. In this lecture, Minovitch also explained and emphasized the little known fact that the invention was also one of the most difficult inventions ever invented in the history of science because it could only be achieved by numerically solving one of the most famous and most difficult unsolved problems in the history of mathematics known as the famous "Three Body Problem of Celestial Mechanics;" The invention was an important invention in the history of science because it was the "key breakthrough invention" that made it possible to explore
the entire solar system with instrumented spacecraft.

The second part of Video 4 is taken from an interview with Dr. Minovitch taken during 1989 describing his 1961 invention.

The third part is a brief 5 minute dip from the BBC taken in 2014 describing the critically important role that UCLA played in the invention in early 1962 by granting Minovitch unlimited computer time on the world's fastest computer (the giant IBM 7090 computer) before Minovitch and UCLA had the
conclusive evidence showing that Minovitch did numerically solve this very difficult unsolved mathematical problem thereby proving that his invention, and his revolutionary gravity propelled trajectories that opened the solar system to exploration were correct.

 A brief description of Video 4 is the following:

"Dr. Minovitch's 2016 Irvine California Lecture describing his early life and his 1961 invention of gravity propelled interplanetary
trajectories, and the fact that it was the key breakthrough invention that broke all the classical high-energy barriers of space travel based
on reaction propulsion believed to be unbreakable without nuclear propulsion systems (which were impossible to construct) thereby
opening the entire solar system to direct. exploration with instrumented spacecraft. This video also includes portions of a 1989 interview with Minovitch taken in Los Angeles describing how he numerically solved the famous unsolved "Three-Body Problem of Celestial Mechanics" that had to be solved in order to' achieve the invention. This video ends with a brief 5 minute clip from the BBC taken in 2014 describing the critically important role that UCLA played in the invention in early 1962 by granting Minovitch unlimited computer time on the world's fastest computer (the giant IBM 7090) before Minovitch and UCLA had the conclusive evidence showing that Minovitch did numerically solve- this most difficult unsolved mathematical problem thereby proving that his invention, and his gravity propelled trajectories that opened the solar system to exploration, were correct. For those interested in knowing how Minovitch numerically solved this very difficult famous unsolved
mathematical problem that had to be solved in order to achieve the invention, it can be found in Minovitch's 2010 paper entitled, "The
Invention That Opened The Solar System to Exploration." Planetary and Space Science, Vol. 58, pages 8&5-&92."


 

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