The Future of Warp Drive?

Rollo's picture
September 19, 2012 - 10:05am

Here is part of the article from the addy above:

Warp Drive May Be More Feasible Than Thought, Scientists Say

"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 bringing the idea back from the realm of science fiction into science.""

So does this mean that future generations may enjoy zipping about the stars at warp speed? Meh, like I know - I'll have to leave that to better minds to mull over. But it was still an interesting read. :)


I don't have to outrun that nasty beast my friend...I just have to outrun you! Wink

rattraveller's picture
September 19, 2012 - 2:18pm
Clear up for me please, what kind of warp drive are we talking about? Most of my info comes from TV, books and games but each has a slightly different way of doing "the Warp".
Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

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w00t (not verified)
September 19, 2012 - 2:32pm
Thanks for sharing!
I always thought if we could harness the power of bad news the FTL problem would be solved. Foot in mouth