What do you do in your spare time? Watch TV? Play basketball? Knit? If you’re David Pares of Omaha, Nebraska, you work on condensing the fabric of space time – in your garage. Despite a lack of any funding or academic help of any kind, Pares spends a couple of hours every day working on the world’s first warp drive. In his humble garage, half of which is still devoted to a car, he has come up with an instrument made of fractal arrays and V-shaped panels – which according to Pares, is a low-powered warp drive motor.

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Casey Logan, a reporter for the Omaha World-Herald, who visited Pares describes the scene in Pares’ garage well. “He turns around and points to the back of his garage door, where a red laser — beamed at the weight and reflected back against the door to demonstrate the movement happening in the case — drifts from its original spot. Slowly, in incremental amounts, the weight is drawn toward the V-shape motor . . . At just 100 watts of power, he claims an electrical field created by his arrays is ever so slightly condensing space in front of the motor, the way you’d squeeze coils on a Slinky.”

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Pares has submitted papers to journals and conventions with zero success. But one professor has looked at Pares’ work and is impressed. “It is so far out there, he’s not going to get funding to do it,” says Jack Kasher, a retired physics professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. “If it’s going to be done, it’s going to be done in his garage. ”Kasher compares Pares with the Wright brothers, “tinkering in their bike shop” back when humans still thought flying was impossible.

Pares is also working on the next big thing – a spaceship in his driveway, called the Blue Bird II, which could showcase his efforts someday – if only in a few feet.

Via Omaha World Herald

Photos by Jeff Bergman and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center