posted on Nov, 28 2012 @ 12:09 PM
Originally posted by yorkshirelad
Going to need artificial gravity/inertia dampeners as well. The "best" trip would take 11 years round trip to the nearest star even travelling at
higher than light speed due to the time it takes to accelerate at a rate of G's that doesn't turn the body to mush. Even then the astronauts would
be spending years pulling several G's in-between eating and sleeping.
If this was to work, you could travel to the nearest star in a matter of weeks. That's only in the beginning, over time, it would surely be improved
upon by goodness knows how much. With warp-drive, your ship isn't the thing that's moving, so there is no need to slowly increase acceleration to
cater for human safety. You could turn it on & hit FTL speeds pretty much instantly & suffer no ill effects.
So even though inertial dampers aren't required for the FTL part of the journey, they would prove useful for your ship once it reaches the targeted
location as you would then navigate through the new solar system on regular engines.
If you wanted to travel 100's or 1000's of light years, then artificial gravity would be a much needed invention. Without it, the best you could do
was to stop once every few star systems & spend a bit of time on the surface before moving on again.