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Man develops a warp drive in his garage
December 24, 2014 | 42 comments
A NASA conceptual image of a future warp drive spaceship. Image Credit: NASA / Mark Rademaker
Omaha resident David Pares has built what he believes to be the world’s first low-power warp drive motor.
Warp drive might seem like a concept relegated solely to science fiction TV shows such as Star Trek
, but as it turns out the idea of warping space in order to travel faster than the speed of light is something that is actually being seriously considered.
While nobody has yet been able to develop a fully fledged warp drive, inventor David Pares believes he has managed to take the first steps towards that dream by creating a working warp motor within his own garage.
Pares' Space Warp Dynamics laboratory contains a special apparatus featuring a weight hanging inside a Faraday cage that he is able to move remotely through a process that he claims demonstrates the actual fabric of space being condensed in front of the motor.
Pares has written many papers on his findings but has found it difficult to elicit support.
"It is so far out there, he’s not going to get funding to do it," said Prof Jack Kasher. "A lot of people are going to flat-out dismiss it off the top, but I think he’s crossed some kind of bridge here. Just showing this is possible with reasonable energy. It wouldn’t surprise me if NASA latches on to this."
To help demonstrate the technology further and to increase awareness for his project, Pares' next goal will be to use the warp motor to elevate a small model spacecraft, Blue Bird II, off the ground.
"That’s what people want to see," he said. "They want to see Star Trek."
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