NASA: The Warp drive is more feasible than thought

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    Sep 21, 2012 3:09 AM GMT
    http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-09/20/warp-drives

    From the news articleNasa scientists now think that the famous warp drive concept is a realistic possibility, and that in the far future humans could regularly travel faster than the speed of light.

    A warp drive would work by "warping" spacetime around any spaceship, which physicist Miguel Alcubierre showed was theoretically possible in 1994 (albeit well beyond the current technical capabilities of humanity). However, any such Alcubierre drive was assumed to require more energy than could ever possibly be supplied (equivalent to the mass-energy of the whole planet of Jupiter), rendering it impossible to build -- but now scientists believe that those requirements might not be so vast, making warp travel a tangible possibility.


    so what you guys think?
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    Sep 21, 2012 5:46 AM GMT
    I feel like that was the most ambiguous bit of information. They're basically saying that a theory may be possible, or it may not. To which they further state that if it were possible it would require a lot of energy which is impossible to build, or it may not. That was quite illuminating.
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    Sep 21, 2012 5:49 AM GMT
    If you are traveling at the speed of light, wouldn't your blood all rush to one side of your body
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    Sep 21, 2012 6:02 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidIf you are traveling at the speed of light, wouldn't your blood all rush to one side of your body


    the concept of the "warp drive" is that space warps AROUND the vessel, which doesn't actually move IIRC. Quantum physics is fun...if you're field-testing headache medicine
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    Sep 21, 2012 6:26 AM GMT
    Let me know when we get to Warp 9!
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    Sep 21, 2012 6:34 AM GMT
    JackBlair69 said
    AMoonHawk saidIf you are traveling at the speed of light, wouldn't your blood all rush to one side of your body


    And if you turned on the headlights, what would happen?


    Relative to you, the light would travel at the speed of light, and would do the same for an outside observer. Makes more sense when you take length compression into account.

    But we aren't talking about faster than light travel. It's impossible, as the energy requirements increase exponentially at high percentages of light speed. This it talking about space warping, or possibly even space folding. Totally different things.
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    Sep 21, 2012 6:46 AM GMT
    "Warp Drive Active"

    Sorry, I had to.
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    Sep 21, 2012 6:50 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidIf you are traveling at the speed of light, wouldn't your blood all rush to one side of your body


    At the speed of light, there'd be no blood or body.
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    Sep 21, 2012 6:59 AM GMT
    Make it so!

    oh oh oh

    engage!

    oh oh oh my inner geek is getting excited!!
    It's having startrek fantasies!
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    Sep 21, 2012 9:26 AM GMT
    I thought Zefram Cochrane invented the warp drive...icon_eek.gif
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    Sep 21, 2012 11:45 AM GMT
    Money is the only thing stopping them from making a warp drive.

    Space debris is the only thing stopping them from using it if they built it.
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    Sep 21, 2012 2:04 PM GMT
    Personally, my theory is that the only possible power source capable of charging this machine up with the energy it needs is a fusion reactor.

    Cause that's always gonna be the key issue: where will the power for this come from? Hell, the drive might even be perfect for VASMIR.

    A member on my other forum did say this lab in California is making some progress with fusion tech
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    Sep 21, 2012 2:31 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidIf you are traveling at the speed of light, wouldn't your blood all rush to one side of your body


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    This is why it's important to detain the blood within the penis during space travel. It's also excellent for relieving boredom during those long emissions....I mean missions. icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 22, 2012 5:42 PM GMT
    Medjai said
    JackBlair69 said
    AMoonHawk saidIf you are traveling at the speed of light, wouldn't your blood all rush to one side of your body


    And if you turned on the headlights, what would happen?


    Relative to you, the light would travel at the speed of light, and would do the same for an outside observer. Makes more sense when you take length compression into account.

    But we aren't talking about faster than light travel. It's impossible, as the energy requirements increase exponentially at high percentages of light speed. This it talking about space warping, or possibly even space folding. Totally different things.


    This.

    I can't wait to get the fuck off this used up mud ball and find new planets!!!

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  • allatonce

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    Sep 22, 2012 6:11 PM GMT
    Unfortunately humanity's best and brightest are too busy building the next smart phone and apps like angry birds that I think space travel advances won't move quite as quickly as advances in consumer technologies.
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    Sep 22, 2012 6:15 PM GMT
    Space Race is Space Race.

    Not Impressed.
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    Sep 22, 2012 6:15 PM GMT
    Who cares about the warp drive. Let's create a transporter.

    cd01554c82472e4e99d7dce5cd197bd15edb551.

    This would facilitate more RJ meetups...
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    Sep 22, 2012 6:18 PM GMT
    Getting to warp speed isn't the hardest part. Finding a way to prevent the ship from breaking apart at high speeds is the hard part. If we can make a metal strong enough to withstand faster than light speeds, then we're in business icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 22, 2012 6:26 PM GMT
    Traveling without moving...



    Folding space: the mass transit version of warp drive.
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    Sep 24, 2012 6:51 PM GMT
    Oh, I remember the Alcubierre drive! But you need some insane amount of energy in order to cause such a large distortion in space.
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    Sep 24, 2012 7:18 PM GMT
    Pictures, or it didn't happen.
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    Sep 30, 2012 3:52 AM GMT
    Steel1 saidGetting to warp speed isn't the hardest part. Finding a way to prevent the ship from breaking apart at high speeds is the hard part. If we can make a metal strong enough to withstand faster than light speeds, then we're in business icon_smile.gif


    The ship wouldn't necessarily be traveling at a speed. The *WARP* drive would *WARP* the space around the ship. Someone inside the ship wouldn't feel like he or she was moving at all.