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NASA working on faster-than-light space travel, says warp drives are ‘plausible’

 
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The level of awesomeness is immeasurable.

"Alcubierre’s design called for an American football-shaped spacecraft with a flat ring attached to the ship. Space time would warp around it, accelerating the ship to as fast as 10 times the speed of light without the ship itself ever breaking the speed of light. This would make trips to local stars a relatively quick jaunt: a trip to Alpha Centauri — some four light years away from Earth — would take just shy of five months."

[link to www.extremetech.com]

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good catch OP 5 stars and a pin suggestion
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good catch OP 5 stars and a :pin: suggestion
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Re: NASA working on faster-than-light space travel, says warp drives are ‘plausible’
One of my favorite short-story collections is the Skeleton Crew by Stephen King.

This story caught my attention when I was 12 years old, and gave me the basis for my love of Sci-Fi

[link to en.wikipedia.org]
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Re: NASA working on faster-than-light space travel, says warp drives are ‘plausible’
Makes one wonder why it is 'suddenly' they are throwing out warp drive. Again.

Warp drive was already known in the late 1950's. Gene Roddenberry incorporated Warp Drive in the 1960's Star Trek based on then current news.

So why all of the sudden are they treating this like a new discovery?

Oh and in case you are wondering, the idea of a circular warp coil/nacell is not new either. Look at the Old Star Trek Vulcan Space craft.
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Re: NASA working on faster-than-light space travel, says warp drives are ‘plausible’
This concept can be explored with your hand and a bathtub.

Simply put your hand in the tub of water, and move it to one side quickly, and notice behind your hand the pocket of air, where water quickly rushes in behind your hand.

They have found a way to make that air pocket, simply by using a propeller in the front - first in submarines, next in space.

They spin it from the front and so it creates a pocket of air for the submarine while it is moving forward. Technically, the submarine could be 4000 ft below sea, and dry while moving in this pocket, at super speeds, as this pocket of bubble air now acts similar to trapped air under plastic, which moves around when pressure is applied from any direction.
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Makes one wonder why it is 'suddenly' they are throwing out warp drive. Again.

Warp drive was already known in the late 1950's. Gene Roddenberry incorporated Warp Drive in the 1960's Star Trek based on then current news.

So why all of the sudden are they treating this like a new discovery?

Oh and in case you are wondering, the idea of a circular warp coil/nacell is not new either. Look at the Old Star Trek Vulcan Space craft.
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You're referencing television shows, and this is talking practical application.
I couldn't figure a better way to phrase that, so please understand that I'm not trying to be rude.

This is a new discovery because this is a step-stone to one day being able to 'jaunt' our way to the moon, or Mars, or well...anywhere.
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If it's "plausible", they already have it.
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Battlestar Galactica- spinning up the FTL, and the 'jump' to predetermined coordinates... I figured it was just a matter of time before this would be seriously explored.

Interesting and Awesome OP :)
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Roddenberry right again!
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Battlestar Galactica- spinning up the FTL, and the 'jump' to predetermined coordinates... I figured it was just a matter of time before this would be seriously explored.

Interesting and Awesome OP :)
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Thanks! and I watched BSG over and over while I was pregnant. I drove my husband crazy!
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Battlestar Galactica- spinning up the FTL, and the 'jump' to predetermined coordinates... I figured it was just a matter of time before this would be seriously explored.

Interesting and Awesome OP :)
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Thanks! and I watched BSG over and over while I was pregnant. I drove my husband crazy!
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I get in a BSG mood from time to time as well, and have watched the series in whole or part a few times...Lol!!
(and, I AM slowly converting the reluctants ;).
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BUILD A DEATH STAR FIRST THEN FIGURE OUT WARP SPEED,


IDIOTS.

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BUILD A DEATH STAR FIRST THEN FIGURE OUT WARP SPEED,


IDIOTS.

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Care to elaborate???

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BUILD A DEATH STAR FIRST THEN FIGURE OUT WARP SPEED,


IDIOTS.

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Care to elaborate???

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how you gonna go warp speed if you dont have a death star capable of flying at warp speeds
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BUILD A DEATH STAR FIRST THEN FIGURE OUT WARP SPEED,


IDIOTS.

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Care to elaborate???

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how you gonna go warp speed if you dont have a death star capable of flying at warp speeds
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So you're implying that in order to have warp speed, we need a death star? Or a death star precludes warp speed? Or what?
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Nice find OPhf

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Re: NASA working on faster-than-light space travel, says warp drives are ‘plausible’
10 times the speed of light still wouldn't be fast enough for real interstellar travel but it would be a good start !

Let's say you find an Earth like planet, 20 light years away from us, it would still take 4 years to get back and forth !

It would allow colonization of other planets but we'd have a long way to go to establish a Terran empire in this galaxy !tounge
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10 times the speed of light still wouldn't be fast enough for real interstellar travel but it would be a good start !

Let's say you find an Earth like planet, 20 light years away from us, it would still take 4 years to get back and forth !

It would allow colonization of other planets but we'd have a long way to go to establish a Terran empire in this galaxy !tounge
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im sure it will take less energy to create a space warp 5 light years across than to just travel at the speed of light.

What a wast of money and energy.
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10 times the speed of light still wouldn't be fast enough for real interstellar travel but it would be a good start !

Let's say you find an Earth like planet, 20 light years away from us, it would still take 4 years to get back and forth !

It would allow colonization of other planets but we'd have a long way to go to establish a Terran empire in this galaxy !tounge
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Well, considering our track record with this one little planet, lets not get ahead of ourselves with colonizing the entire galaxy.
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Epsilon Eridani and Tau Ceti are the closest systems to us that are like our Solar System.


They have stars like our Sun and they have planets.


The other stars close to us like the Alpha Centari system are Binary or they are small dwarf stars not anyone the size of our Sun.




Epsilon Eridani and Tau Ceti are where we will look for planets and life.
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Re: NASA working on faster-than-light space travel, says warp drives are ‘plausible’
Makes one wonder why it is 'suddenly' they are throwing out warp drive. Again.

Warp drive was already known in the late 1950's. Gene Roddenberry incorporated Warp Drive in the 1960's Star Trek based on then current news.

So why all of the sudden are they treating this like a new discovery?

Oh and in case you are wondering, the idea of a circular warp coil/nacell is not new either. Look at the Old Star Trek Vulcan Space craft.
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The difference is that science fiction is an idea without form beyond the image and NASA is taking it into the actual building/testing stage.

At least hopefully.
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Re: NASA working on faster-than-light space travel, says warp drives are ‘plausible’
this is the news we should all care about!
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GALAXY EXPLORATION TIME YIPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE​EEE
I look up at the sky, and wonder where I am on earth. Then I wonder where I am in the solar system. Then I wonder where I am in the galaxy. Then I wonder where I am in the universe.
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time to make official maps of the galaxy :D
I look up at the sky, and wonder where I am on earth. Then I wonder where I am in the solar system. Then I wonder where I am in the galaxy. Then I wonder where I am in the universe.
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2 in 1.

high doom potential also when they try to build that drive.

Here’s the thing though: antimatter is horribly dangerous. Just a third of a gram of the stuff interacting with matter in the wrong way could release energy equivalent to the Hiroshima blast. That means White’s Alcubierre warp drive still requires the amount of energy equivalent to 1.5 million Hiroshimas — enough to wipe civilization off the Earth.
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This is Utopia "concept"

If there is the way to "travel" it's only possible through the wormholes and into the "future"

Well, the only problem with that is that they need to find the wormhole first chuckle

However, LHC is all about that, and not some lullaby of search for God's particle dead3
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Battlestar Galactica- spinning up the FTL, and the 'jump' to predetermined coordinates... I figured it was just a matter of time before this would be seriously explored.

Interesting and Awesome OP :)
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Thats two diffrent technolegy Jumpdrives utilize something called Hyperspace it´s another dimension, you pierce a hole into our space time enter at one point and leave at a diffrent point, also called wormholes in physics.

Warp engines work diffrent a warp engngine folds space infront of you and stretches it behind you, you ride on a wave of space. And this is physical possible aswell. You never exeede light speed cause you actually dont move, you make space move around you.

So yes it´s plausible, allways was we only need someone smart enough to build a warp engine cause it takes a hell lot of energy to fold space around you.

And even more to pierce a hole into space for hyperdrives, easiest way would be to fly into a black hole but nobody knows if you ever come back.

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