Warp Drive Might Be Less Impossible Than Previously Thought – Slashdot

“Harold ‘Sonny’ White of NASA’s Johnson Space Center said Friday (Sept. 14) at the 100 Year Starship Symposium that warp drive might be easier to achieve than earlier thought. The first 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, studies estimated the warp drive would require a minimum amount of energy about equal to the mass-energy of the planet Jupiter. But recent calculations showed that if the shape of the ring encircling the spacecraft was adjusted into more of a rounded donut, as opposed to a flat ring the warp drive could be powered by the energy of a mass as small as 500 kg. Furthermore, if the intensity of the space warps can be oscillated over time, the energy required is reduced even more.”

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Roamy just got all twitterpated.

3 thoughts on “Warp Drive Might Be Less Impossible Than Previously Thought – Slashdot”

  1. Even with warp drive, you know you are gonna get behind some old duffer in the left lane going 47, with his turn signal on…..

  2. This sort of thing gives me hope for the future. Human beings are clever, and maybe one day our descendants will colonize the galaxy. If we can keep from self-destructing before that happens.

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