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Warp Drive May Be More Feasible Than Thought, Scientists Say

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posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 07:22 PM
Here's one for you guys! Sounds promising don't you think?

HOUSTON — A warp drive to achieve faster-than-light travel — a concept popularized in television's Star Trek — may not be as unrealistic as once thought, scientists say.

A warp drive would manipulate space-time itself to move a starship, taking advantage of a loophole in the laws of physics that prevent anything from moving faster than light.

A concept for a real-life warp drive was suggested in 1994 by Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre, however subsequent calculations found that such a device would require prohibitive amounts of energy.

Now physicists say that adjustments can be made to the proposed warp drive that would enable it to run on significantly less energy, potentially brining the idea back from the realm of science fiction into science.

"There is hope," Harold "Sonny" White of NASA's Johnson Space Center said here Friday (Sept. 14) at the 100 Year Starship Symposium, a meeting to discuss the challenges of interstellar spaceflight.

This ring, potentially made of exotic matter

Mmmm doesn't sound too promissing?? Exotic matter?

Phage - you out there old chap, care to shed any light on this?.....thanks

posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 07:25 PM
Already posted dude, fascinating stuff.....

posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 07:28 PM
Cool! Thanks for the heads up.

Mods please feel free to remove!

Ahem, should have used search function......sorry!

posted on Sep, 18 2012 @ 08:20 PM
If I understand correctly, the exotic matter in this case would have to be stuff with a hyper-positive mass, if that makes any sense. That way a relatively small amount of the exotic matter could generate the gravity distortions to kick around space-time enough to make this sort of thing possible.

As far as I know, the main problem with a theoretical warp drive is our lack of a material with enough mass to create the effect. Then again, I'm only a hobby-physicist so take it as you will.

posted on Sep, 18 2012 @ 09:07 PM
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No, cheers. Thanks

It makes sense.......thank you.

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