Dr. Mike McCullough has a Bachelors in physics from University of York, a PhD in Physical Oceanography from the University of Liverpool, and currently lectures in Geomatics at the University of Plymouth.

He’s a member of the British Interplanetary Society, the Lifeboat Foundation, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and has published dozens of papers on physics and geophysics in numerous journals.

He have suggested (and published in over 25 journal papers) a new cosmological model for inertia (called Quantised Inertia, QI) which predicts galaxy rotation without dark matter. His work proposes that the phenomenon called inertia is caused by relativistic horizons making the quantum vacuum non-uniform in space and this offers a new way to engineer thrust for any type of vehicle or spacecraft (horizon engineering).

The prediction is that we can use electrical conductors or nano-engineered materials to make ‘synthetic horizons’, damping the quantum vacuum, in a similar way to the Casimir effect, and engineer thrust without propellant. This has applications for eg: satellite station-keeping, fuel-less propulsion and easier/cheaper space launches.