Did the Gravity Probe B Actually Prove the Einstein's General Relativity Theory?

Jaroslav Hynecek


It has been shown in an earlier publication (Hynecek, 2013) that the frame dragging effect due to the Earth's rotation, which is claimed that the Gravity Probe B (GP-B) has detected, cannot exist. In this paper it is shown that the Geodetic Precession, which the GP-B has also measured, and is typically calculated from the Einstein's General Relativity Theory (GRT), can also be calculated from a different metric. When the results of calculations are compared side by side the differences are very small, but it becomes clear that the GRT actually may not be providing the correct derivation of formula for this effect. The one reason among several others is due to the fact that the GRT derivation, as is shown in this paper, also leads to the derivation of the classical Kepler's third law for circular orbits, which is easily derived from the Newtonian physics, and should therefore hold true only in the flat space-time geometry.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/apr.v5n3p90

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