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#1    Alisdair.MacDonald

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 10:17 PM

Scotty! Give me all she's got!!

http://gizmodo.com/5...trek-warp-drive


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Posted 17 September 2012 - 10:53 PM

It's a bit of an exaggeration to say that the technology for warp drive is in development. They are still working on experiments to find out if it is even possible. As the article says:

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Dr. White's team is trying to find proof of those loopholes. They have "initiated an interferometer test bed that will try to generate and detect a microscopic instance of a little warp bubble" using an instrument called the White-Juday Warp Field Interferometer.
(Emphasis mine).

In other words they haven't yet got evidence to support their hypothesis. This is still highly speculative scientifically. If they find those loopholes then things will start to get interesting.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 11:21 PM

ITs what Makes us Look for Tomorrow ! :tu:
I will bet we find a way !

This is a Work in Progress!

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 12:50 AM

What i took out of this, is that Roddenberry was an extremely bright individual to have conceived of these types of scientific breakthroughs in the 1950's. It really is incredible.

When Science Fiction becomes science fact..


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Posted 18 September 2012 - 08:13 AM

Great times.
Microsoft is working on the holodeck technology. Nasa is working on warp drive.

All the pieces are coming together.


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Posted 18 September 2012 - 10:30 AM

View PostRender, on 18 September 2012 - 08:13 AM, said:

Great times.
Microsoft is working on the holodeck technology. Nasa is working on warp drive.

All the pieces are coming together.

Some more effort and a bit of more time and we'll be building Millenium Falcons and Death Stars!

On a serious note though, this is still highly hypothetical and under study. Though not believed impossible thanks to the fundamentals of String Theory.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 11:47 AM

Anything is possible . This one is improbable .

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:02 PM

Who knows in a another 100 years....


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Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:26 PM

When Star Trek re-launched in the Next Generation, some pretty serious people's help was enlisted to give the technology as firm a basis in fact as possible.
Even Stephen Hawking was a big fan and guest starred in an episode.
The problem with some of the iconic Treknology isn't simply that it's beyond our current level, it's that in order to make it work, some of it requires 'imaginary' elements to bridge gaps in what is possible.
Popularly such 'elements' are often called 'Unobtainium'
Obviously with 'Warp Drive' in the Star Trek universe, that element is 'Dilithium Crystals'.
However, even with 'Dilithium' the minds trying to make warp drive 'real' for Star Trek fans needed to attempt some other rather large problems including:
Controlled anti-matter reactions
Static Warp bubbles
Inertia dampeners
Energy shields and the navigational deflector array


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Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:41 PM

So he believes his team are developing it!? :/


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Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:47 PM

Didn't I suggest this idea a long time ago on these very forums? Every told me it can't happen? Huh... guess I was right for once.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 02:20 PM

So often, people object to the very idea that we could be visited by extraterrestrials, because there is no way to travel to the stars in a practical length of time, and with a practical amount of energy. Interesting that some NASA scientists are now willing to openly consider, and test a possibility that would invalidate such objections.


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Posted 18 September 2012 - 03:45 PM

The military has been working in things like this for decades, if people like Ben Rich are to be believed, and I think they are.


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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:32 PM

View PostTheMacGuffin, on 18 September 2012 - 03:45 PM, said:

The military has been working in things like this for decades, if people like Ben Rich are to be believed, and I think they are.

I agree McG, thanks for teeing up Ben Rich....

here are just a few quotes from Scientist Ben Rich:
“We now know how to travel to the stars”
(source: UCLA School of Engineering Alumni speech 3/23/93)

“There is an error in the equations, and we have figured it out, and now know how to travel to the stars, and it won’t take a lifetime to do it”
(source: UCLA School of Engineering Alumni speech 3/23/93)

“It is time to end all secrecy on this, as it no longer poses a national security threat, and make the technology available for use in the private sector”.
(source: UCLA School of Engineering Alumni speech 3/23/93)


I think it prudent to also note the dates on some of the things he said.

Edited by quillius, 18 September 2012 - 04:32 PM.


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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:53 PM

View Postquillius, on 18 September 2012 - 04:32 PM, said:

I agree McG, thanks for teeing up Ben Rich....

here are just a few quotes from Scientist Ben Rich:
“We now know how to travel to the stars”
(source: UCLA School of Engineering Alumni speech 3/23/93)

“There is an error in the equations, and we have figured it out, and now know how to travel to the stars, and it won’t take a lifetime to do it”
(source: UCLA School of Engineering Alumni speech 3/23/93)

“It is time to end all secrecy on this, as it no longer poses a national security threat, and make the technology available for use in the private sector”.
(source: UCLA School of Engineering Alumni speech 3/23/93)


I think it prudent to also note the dates on some of the things he said.


I think they probably started working on all this in the 1950s and so have probably made considerable progress over the years.





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