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This is What NASA's Warp-Capable Enterprise Starship Would Look Like!

by , 06/14/14
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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!

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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.”

Related: NASA is working on a real life Star Trek warp drive

“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.

Via Sploid/io9

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4 Comments

  1. HerdyDerdy June 20, 2014 at 12:15 am

    It\’s obvious that this can\’t work because if it could we\’d know all our neighbors by now.

  2. CMG June 13, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    One Can Only Hope !!!

  3. gontier June 13, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I assume that the two rings would have to be ejected in space for landings back on earth, unless it operated permanently as an integral part of a space station docking system. Two weeks to Alpha Centauri? Maybe there is still hope for our future’s desperate sun-seeking mortals.

  4. GreatEmerald GreatEmerald June 13, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Oh, those two rings around it are part of the spaceship? I thought it was a spacedock… But yea, pretty nice for a design.

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