Gallery: NASA is Working on a Real-Life Star Trek Warp Drive


Warp drive – or travel at speeds faster than light – has long been one of the cornerstones of science fiction, however top NASA scientist Dr. Harold “Sonny” White recently stated that “a Star Trek experience within our lifetime is not such a remote possibility.” The Advanced Propulsion Theme Lead for the NASA Engineering Directorate wrote in a blog post on Icarus Interstellar: “At JSC, Eagleworks has initiated an interferometer test bed that will try to generate and detect a microscopic instance of a little warp bubble. Although this is just a tiny instance of the phenomena, it will be existence proof for the idea of perturbing space time—a “Chicago pile” moment, as it were.”

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  1. Angel Chiriboga May 16, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Warp Tech relies on the folding of the subspace continuum around the ship. This bubble is like a bubble inside a medium, like water. and a little energy causes the space in front to drop into the black holes created in the matter antimatter reactor. the inverted hole, spews space out the “rear”, allowing the ship to change space, relative to normal space faster than light. Nice idea, and it works, we just don’t have matter antimatter intermix chamber di-crystals, which exist in Time/Space and allows photons and antimatter photons to pass though and meet at the implosion chamber. Also, we do not have Terrawatts/second of energy to induce a subspace bubble around a ship. While I would love to see fit, warp drive is a design Thousands of years ahead of its time. stuff like that is for Galaxy jumps. We have better ways to travel interstellar. Hyper space, Light travel, and my favorite, Worm holes.

  2. cmg June 13, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Just because there are our own \\\”Known Laws Of Physics\\\” as we know them, doesn\\\’t always mean it\\\’s not possible….only because we haven\\\’t crossed that boundary yet. Like back when the earth was \\\”FLAT\\\”, electric lights, gravity, computers, cell phones that have more computer science in them now than any of the Apollo missions did. Just because we do not, at present, possess the knowledge at present, doesn\\\’t mean that the knowledge is not out there somewhere, or it\\\’s impossible to achieve. Given the time, we will achieve the unachievable as we know it !

  3. Chris Young November 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    interesting article, but we’re overlooking a small detail here. ftl & warp are not the same thing. warp is akin to bending space and time around you to move from one place to another without actually having to move quickly, the net speed of warp could theoretically be zero. faster than light is a whole other idea wherein you actually propel an object so quickly that you move beyond the known laws of physics – which would likely have some zany affects – depending on which article you read anything from cosmic radiation, explosive energy output, inertia problems, and so on… anyway, warp and ftl, not the same.

  4. gamechief September 24, 2012 at 10:16 am

    The small mindedness of the human race is bliss. for every 1 person with a brilliant idea that looks to be worth the grain for increased interest. there are 3 people with closed minds and stifling attitudes. That equation needs to be in reverse if we ever hope to be among the likes of Captain janeway and company. What happened to “Hmm you may have a good theory lets give it a try” as compared to someone saying this cant be done.

  5. Kellic September 23, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Sorry Digikid but special theory of relativity suggests that it can’t be done. We have yet to see any example in nature where faster then light travel can be done. A few months ago we thought we did but that was a botched experiment. Unless you have some new information that you can share with the class the original statement stands.

  6. zephi September 23, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Isnt it the other way around? I mean that if they travel faster than time, then from their perspective being away for couple of, say, months might seem like few days for everybody else? Thats what my logic says, if you travel faster than time then the time flows slower for those who doesnt.

  7. Archidude September 23, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    ^ Sorry but no it can’t. A similar effect may be possible using this theoretical warp drive but not actual FTL movement which I believe was what was meant.

  8. Digikid September 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    ” (which reportedly can’t be done)”

    Sorry but yes it can.

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