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Old 12-03-2013, 01:14 PM
 
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I personally until very recently, had not studied much about this theoretical warp technology. Primarily because of its highly speculative nature and it seems a thing for the very, VERY far future. Also previous estimates for energy requirements made it practically impossible.
However a recent study seems to have discovered, mathematically a potentially exponential reduction in the energy requirements and serious laboratory experimentation is being undertaken.




How NASA might build its very first warp drive



" early assessments published in the ensuing scientific literature suggested horrific amounts of energy — basically equal to the mass-energy of the planet Jupiter (what is 1.9 10[SIZE=2]27 kilograms or 317 Earth masses). As a result, the idea was brushed aside as being far too impractical. Even though nature allowed for a warp drive, it looked like we would never be able to build one ourselves..............................a new design that could significantly reduce the amount of exotic matter required. And in fact, White says that the warp drive could be powered by a mass that's even less than that of the Voyager 1 spacecraft. That's a significant change in calculations to say the least. The reduction in mass from a Jupiter-sized planet to an object that weighs a mere 1,600 pounds has completely reset White's sense of plausibility — and NASA's. "
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Old 12-03-2013, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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I would like to travel faster then the speed of light at some point in my life.
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Old 12-03-2013, 05:24 PM
 
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That would be amazing. Now for a power source...


And I got a kick out of the web page. All that amazing science and the text to the right gets blocked by a bunch of stupid icons as you scroll it. I guess that just because you write about intelligent stuff doesn't mean you're intelligent.
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Old 12-03-2013, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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"And in fact, White says that the warp drive could be powered by a mass that's even less than that of the Voyager 1 spacecraft."

Do you realize the energy contained within a mass the mass of VGER? It is still huge amounts, even if it were simply a fusion reaction.
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Old 12-04-2013, 06:11 PM
 
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Right now it looks like scientists are trying experiments to see if they can detect or create microscopic warp bubbles. They would need to be able to make a MUCH larger bubble before anybody starts thinking about a trip to Alpha Centauri.
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:31 PM
 
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I don't think we will see this anytime soon. More then likely next century but I could be wrong.
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Old 12-05-2013, 09:12 AM
 
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I don't think we will see this anytime soon. More then likely next century but I could be wrong.
With the ever increasing pace of science I wonder.
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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With the ever increasing pace of science I wonder.
It could be sooner but I have to be consistent and since this is not information technology there is no way to know for certain.
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Old 12-12-2013, 01:00 PM
 
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With the enormous costs involved in building a warp capable ship i'm wondering of what use it would be, flitting about the galaxy boldly going where no one has gone before may have a certain nostalgic appeal but in practicality is it really worth the cost involved?
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Old 12-12-2013, 02:28 PM
 
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With the enormous costs involved in building a warp capable ship i'm wondering of what use it would be, flitting about the galaxy boldly going where no one has gone before may have a certain nostalgic appeal but in practicality is it really worth the cost involved?
Whenever it does happen one thing is certain. At first it will be expensive but like everything else in time will come down in price.
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