Monday, September 17, 2012

NASA Works on 'Star Trek' Warp Drive

Warp Drive May Be More Feasible Than Thought, Scientists Say

Date: 17 September 2012 Time: 07:00 AM ET
A ring-shaped warp drive device could transport a football-shape starship (center) to effective speeds faster than light.
A ring-shaped warp drive device could transport a football-shape starship (center) to effective speeds faster than light. The concept was first proposed by Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre.
CREDIT: Harold White

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.

 More: http://www.space.com/17628-warp-drive-possible-interstellar-spaceflight.html 

Source: Space.com .

 

NASA Starts Work on Real Life Star Trek Warp Drive

  Sep 17, 2012 1:00 PM

"Perhaps a Star Trek experience within our lifetime is not such a remote possibility." These are the words of Dr. Harold "Sonny" White, the Advanced Propulsion Theme Lead for the NASA Engineering Directorate. Dr. White and his colleagues don't just believe a real life warp drive is theoretically possible; they've already started the work to create one.
Yes. A real warp drive, Scotty.

More: http://gizmodo.com/5942634/nasa-starts-development-of-real-life-star-trek-warp-drive

Sources: Gismodo.com , Wikipedia.org .

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