Tagged: NASA

Warp speed anyone?

NASA unveils its futuristic warp drive starship! Well here it is… NASA scientist and Advanced Propulsion Team Lead, Harold White, is in charge of the space agency’s efforts to see if a faster-than-light or warp drive is actually possible. Now, in conjunction with artist Mark Rademaker, White has unveiled a new starship design that shows how a ship might come to look in the future. Rademaker designed the first theoretical warp ship concept to consciously echo the Matt Jeffries design for the UEV-47; the first faster-than-light version of the Starship Enterprise. This new version of the ship is thought to be more compact, and according to Harold White, a better match for what the mathematics of an Alcubierre warp drive currently predict. In Harold White’s possible Alcubierre warp drive, the ring around the starship creates a “warp bubble” that allows for faster-than-light travel inside it Sure it’s still a concept...

How NASA might build its very first warp drive

Source: io9 This is an older story but I had to share this!! A few months ago, physicist Harold White stunned the aeronautics world when he announced that he and his team at NASA had begun work on the development of a faster-than-light warp drive. His proposed design, an ingenious re-imagining of an Alcubierre Drive, may eventually result in an engine that can transport a spacecraft to the nearest star in a matter of weeks — and all without violating Einstein’s law of relativity. We contacted White at NASA and asked him to explain how this real life warp drive could actually work. The above image of a Vulcan command ship features a warp engine similar to an Alcubierre Drive. Image courtesy CBS. The Alcubierre Drive The idea came to White while he was considering a rather remarkable equation formulated by physicist Miguel Alcubierre. In his 1994 paper titled, “The...