NASA’s Dr. Harold ‘Sonny’ White is working on a real-life warp drive that could transport people across the galaxy. However before we start boldly going where no man has gone before, we’re going to need a starship. Dr. White recently teamed up with artist Mark Rademaker to unveil a realistic design of what his theoretical warp-capable ship will look like. It looks like something worthy of Starfleet – and it’s called the Enterprise!
As you’d expect of a Star Trek-inspired starship, the vessel is very sleek and futuristic-looking. However instead of the traditional warp nacelles, it has two enormous rings which, in theory, would be able to create a “warp bubble”. The design meets the requirements of Dr. White’s theory, which would use ion and plasma thrusters to solve the problems of the Alcubierre Drive concept. In theory, it would allow for faster-than-light travel based on Einstein’s field equations in general relativity, which allow objects to travel faster than light by bending the space around them, making distances shorter.
If Dr. White’s work is successful, the warp engine could allow us to travel to our nearest star – Alpha Centauri – “in two weeks as measured by Earth clocks.”
“The time will be the same in the spaceship and on Earth, he claims, and there will not be “tidal forces inside the bubble, no undue issues, and the proper acceleration is zero. When you turn the field on, everybody doesn’t go slamming against the bulkhead, which would be a very short and sad trip.” At the rate we are destroying this planet, perhaps turning our gaze towards the stars could be our only hope. Engage.