Warp Drive Technology Ready for Reality?

Posted by Michael Pinto on Aug 9, 2008 in Science |

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It may be a pipe dream or a fantasy, but this fanboy would love to wake up one day and find out that there was a breakthrough in warp drive technology that would make interstellar space travel possible in my lifetime:

Warp Drive Engine Would Travel Faster Than Light

“It is possible to travel faster than light. You just wouldn’t travel faster than light.
Seems strange, but by manipulating extra dimensions with astronomical amounts of energy, two Baylor University physicists have outlined how a faster-than-light engine, or warp drive, could be created that would bend but not break the laws of physics. “We think we can create an effective warp drive, based on general relatively and string theory,” said Gerald Cleaver, coauthor of the paper that recently appeared on the preprint server ArXiv.org.

The warp engine is based on a design first proposed in 1994 by Michael Alcubierre. The Alcubierre drive, as it’s known, involves expanding the fabric of space behind a ship into a bubble and shrinking space-time in front of the ship. The ship would rest in between the expanding and shrinking space-time, essentially surfing down the side of the bubble.”

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