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originally posted by: eManym
I picture of a model of a space ship is all I see and the conjecture of throwing in some magic dust to get it working. Why does the government fund this stuff?
originally posted by: jonnywhite
I'd rather see research into nuclear fission/fusion drives.
www.theregister.co.uk - NASA-backed fusion engine could cut Mars trip down to 30 days...
www.space.com - High-Tech VASIMR Rocket Engine Could Tackle Mars Trips, Space Junk and More...
Taking that long-haul approach to planting feet on Mars is a nonstarter, Chang-Díaz said. "I think we need to give the astronauts a fighting chance. That's why I believe we ought to do the technology development before we keep talking about Mars."
Using a VASIMR engine to make a superfast Mars run would require incorporating a nuclear reactor that cranks out megawatts of power, Chang-Díaz said, adding that developing this type of powerful reactor should be high on the nation's to-do list.
Ya, we're a long ways from achieving fusion propulsion, but I think we're even further away from creating spaceships that can warm space/time.
originally posted by: spy66
a reply to: TiM3LoRd
It is odd that he never talked about how the ring was supposed to withstand Warp speed. The ring surrounding the ship would create the condition for the ship. But what will create the wright conditions for the Attached surrounding rings to fallow the ship and not break off?
The Whole thing would need the same conditions to Reach byond light speed.
originally posted by: Jukiodone
The only "real" thing in this thread is the 3D Model.
Space folding and exotic matter that can be used to fold space are in the realms of Warp Drives and Dilithium crystals.
Just from a practical perspective, what happens to time when you fold space?
Never seen this properly answered by NASA.
originally posted by: skalla
a reply to: TiM3LoRd
That's way cool, now if we can just stop blowing each other up and ting, mebbe we can build this and explore/infest the stars together etc etc
It also reminds me very much of the "Sisters of Eve" ships from Eve Online
Yours for only a few hours of grind!
oh, i am keenly interested in these sorts of things. i cut the conference video with Dr White's talk on it out of a much longer video and uploaded it onto my youtube account. it's the latest one i am aware of.
originally posted by: TiM3LoRd
a reply to: stormbringer1701
You seem to have a solid understanding of this technology or at the very least what the scientists are describing.
In that case, the fluctuation-mediated attraction between the atoms becomes orders of magnitude stronger than in free space. Usually, the force decreases rapidly with increasing distance between the atoms. Due to the transmission line, it falls off with one over the distance cubed, instead of one over the seventh power of the distance, as in the usual case.
The researchers believe that their proposed enhancement of the power of vacuum fluctuations can have profound implications for understanding Casimir- and Van der Waals forces and it may even be used for applications in quantum information processing and other emerging quantum technologies.