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Old 06-14-2014, 02:53 PM   #1
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Default NASA reveals warp drive ship designs

http://www.iflscience.com/space/nasa...e-ship-designs

Now obviously this will take years and years before anything may even come of it. Let alone trials and testing, and human safety; but the idea itself is neat. Thoughts on this?
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Old 06-14-2014, 02:57 PM   #2
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...Star Ocean 3 is the first thing that came into my mind
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Old 06-14-2014, 03:03 PM   #3
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Heh, all of the concept illustrations look like the Sisters of EVE faction ships.

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Hoping I live to see something like this happen
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Old 06-14-2014, 03:27 PM   #5
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Old 06-14-2014, 03:31 PM   #6
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Default Re: NASA reveals warp drive ship designs

this sounds like extremely wishful thinking.
If they manage to do it good on them, but I don't believe this is possible.
inb4 "explain in great detail with a million sources why you think this," which I am not going to do ******s.
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NASA isn't working on this in any serious capacity -- it's more of a "Hey here's a cool 3D rendering of such a ship and I'll run some tests with lasers" thing.

Straight from NASA:
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/te...rpstat_prt.htm
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/te...p/socanwe.html

I'm no expert, but I'm not optimistic about FTL travel -- and I say that fully understanding that technological naysayers tend to be shown up in the end. Relativity pretty much shits all over it and forces you to invoke things like "negative energy density / negative mass" and "exotic matter." It's like saying "This awesomely cool technology would be possible as long as the matter that powers this technology actually exists."

Every once and a while this topic gets rehashed and it's usually just another repackaging of the Alcubierre drive.

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Old 06-14-2014, 04:08 PM   #8
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@ reincarnate: They actually solved the energy problem and it was in one of the source links, but you are right. All this is is a 100,000x more efficient plan than the previous essentially.

http://gizmodo.com/5942634/nasa-star...rek-warp-drive

"There was only one problem with all this: where does the energy come from? While we knew that warp drives were theoretically possible, physicists have always argued that they would require a ball of exotic matter the size of Jupiter to power it. Clearly, that was not practical. But thankfully, Dr. White has found a solution that changes the game completely.

The Eagleworks team has discovered that the energy requirements are much lower than previously thought. If they optimize the warp bubble thickness and "oscillate its intensity to reduce the stiffness of space time," they would be able to reduce the amount of fuel to manageable amount: instead of a Jupiter-sized ball of exotic matter, you will only need 500 kilograms to "send a 10-meter bubble (32.8 feet) at an effective velocity of 10c."

All this means is that they proved it is possible in theory on paper and the requirements are way less energy intensive than previously thought. edit: and going from the mass of jupiter to 1600 pounds is quite a feat, even if it just is math on paper.
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they solved the energy problem now they just need the matter used for generating energy to exist
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Default Re: NASA reveals warp drive ship designs

That isn't technically "solving" the energy problem. Needing less exotic mass is better than needing more of it, but if it doesn't actually exist or can't be manufactured, then it's not really a feasible approach.
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That isn't technically "solving" the energy problem. Needing less exotic mass is better than needing more of it, but if it doesn't actually exist or can't be manufactured, then it's not really a feasible approach.
The lead scientist Dr. White pursuing this atm called the energy problem "now managable" heh. Who knows maybe he is up to something crazy enough to work, but yes you are correct it will take something big to fuel this still.
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Dr. White sounds like a perfect name to make a game changing advance in his field. Sounds like something out of Megaman lol
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Holy shit if this happens...:O Fucking amazing time we live in.
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"*If* the classical general relativistic solution is not spoiled by quantum effects, and *if* you could harness enough energy (like a whole star), and *if* the energy is negative unlike all the forms we currently use, then yeah, piece of cake." -Randall Scalise, my Scientific Method course professor

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lol, NASA is getting way ahead of itself.

Sure it can plan a design and all that, but it will be thousands, if not tens of thousands of years before the technology exists to actually produce one of these and not have it screw up everything within a light year
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