A Star Trek Warp Drive May Be Possible, Scientists Have Already Begun Testing

Filed in National by on September 18, 2012


As if humanity required more proof that Gene Roddenberry was in fact a time traveling alien sent to earth to facilitate our graduation from primate status, physicists suggest a space-time bending warp drive may be more feasible than previously thought. Furthermore, several scientists have already begun testing the concept on a small scale.

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.

An Alcubierre warp drive would involve a football-shape spacecraft attached to a large ring encircling it. This ring, potentially made of exotic matter, would cause space-time to warp around the starship, creating a region of contracted space in front of it and expanded space behind.

Meanwhile, the starship itself would stay inside a bubble of flat space-time that wasn’t being warped at all.

via geekology

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  1. socialistic ben says:

    powered by the Rossi cold fusion reactor, of course.

  2. Liberal Elite says:

    OK, so you warp space time (actually, we all do this to a small extent), but you apparently need one of these things to build one of these things, and none have been yet detected, so we can’t even borrow one.

  3. socialistic ben says:

    If we ever do figure out time travel, we sure are responsible about it. You’d think that stupid as people are, we would have already traveled back to offer us vacations to the future.

  4. puck says:

    You also need to build a giant ring made of unobtainium.

    Did you notice in the graphic that, to emphasize that the craft is football-shaped, it has stitches? I guess it has to travel in a perfect spiral.

  5. Jason330 says:

    I noticed that. I thought that is indicated that the ship is going to be thrown through space by a giant, genetically engineered, Joe Montana.

  6. socialistic ben says:

    it definetly wont be thrown by a giant mike vick. Wouldnt want it to be….. you get the idea.