Warp Drive Possible?

Is warp drive possible? Dr. Harold White, Advanced Propulsion Lead for the NASA Engineering Directorate, thinks that it might be — and he’s not alone. The first plausible concept for a real warp drive was suggested in 1994 by physicist Miguel Alcubierre, for which the concept is also known as the Alcubierre drive, but such a drive would required absolutely astronomical amounts of energy (and by “astronomical” I mean an a matter/anti-matter reaction with a mass-energy requirement equal to Jupiter). Dr. Harold White’s concept only requires a few hundred kilos of mass-energy.

Discovery News has a great article, as well as a really neat slide show that you should certainly check out. You can also read Space.com’s article, or the one at Gizmodo.

Too lazy to read? No problem. Here’s a nice news video:

White’s team is going to attempt a very, very small scale experiment¬† at the Johnson Space Center to attempt to create some microscopic warp bubbles. If successfully, this could pave the way for future breakthroughs in advanced space propulsion. Here’s to their success — or as the Klingons would say, Qapla’!

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