We are getting closer than ever to hearing James Tiberious Kirk say “I NEED WARP DRIVE NOW SCOTTY!”
My head is spinning after going through a NASA white paper which supports the “Breakthrough Propulsion” objectives detailed in the NASA OCT TA02 In-space Propulsion Roadmap regarding next 50 years of space travel.
Titled “Eagleworks Laboratories: Advanced Propulsion Physics Research”, the research was authored by Dr. Harold “Sonny” White, Paul March, Nehemiah Williams, and William O’Neill.
Essentially the idea is that you don’t move through space – space moves around you – at hyper-light speeds. As my friends at Gizmag put it,
The warp effect uses gravitational effects to compress the spacetime in front of a spacecraft, then expand the spacetime behind it. The bit of spacetime within the warp bubble is flat, so that the spacecraft would float at zero-g along the wave of compressed and expanded spacetime. The net effect is rather like surfing, where you are nearly stationary with respect to the wave, but are traveling with the speed of the wave. Whereas many of the theoretical studies consider a warp bubble moving at ten times the speed of light, there is no known limit to the potential speed.
Traveling in a bubble of compressed gravity, one could theoretically travel at ten times the speed of light, or faster.
Tough to get my mind around the physics, but the pictures are real cool…
Having more than 30 years experience in the green and sustainable building field, Douglas Black has dedicated the past 20 years to energy efficiency in the built environment.
Mr. Black is a high performance car enthusiast, always with an ear to the pavement for what’s fast and new. He began blogging enerficiency On The Road in 2001, and now continues reporting from Auto Shows and Swap Meets at his Hot Flying Rats! blog – flyingratz.wordpress.com.
Photography is a lifelong passion for Douglas Black, and while not capturing enthusiastic smiles at Wrigley Field he captures moments in the built environment.
And in his spare time, he works on getting that Captains License, expecting to retire on the water one day, taking photos.