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Warp Drive might be easier to achieve than thought.

runner_one (455793) writes | about 2 years ago

Space 2

runner_one (455793) writes "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 a mass as small as 500Kg. Furthermore, if the intensity of the space warps can be oscillated over time, the energy required is reduced even more."

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Exotic Matter (1)

BlackusDiamondus (945259) | about 2 years ago | (#41368679)

Now all we need is a ring of exotic matter and this could be real! But seriously, if this is possible - I for one am very excited by the concept.

Vulcan (1)

leromarinvit (1462031) | about 2 years ago | (#41369639)

The picture in TFA [discovery.com] looks like it could be the prototype of a vulcan ship!

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