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Has NASA just discovered warp drive ?

By T.K. Randall
April 28, 2015 · Comment icon 70 comments



An artist's concept of a warp drive spacecraft. Image Credit: NASA / Mark Rademaker
The space agency has reportedly produced a Star Trek style 'warp field' inside an experimental engine.
The concept of warp drive might seem like something firmly rooted in the science fiction TV series Star Trek, but back in the 1990s physicist Miguel Alcubierre actually put forward the idea of a 'warp bubble' which could be formed around a spaceship by using a special wave to contract the space in front of the vessel and expand the space behind it.

By riding inside this bubble the spacecraft would be able to travel long distances without passing through the space in between.
Fast forward to the present day and NASA may have found the first evidence of a real-life warp field being produced by a new type of engine known as the EmDrive, something that itself remains a focus of significant intrigue. Developed by American scientist Guido Fetta, this peculiar new propulsion system can allegedly produce thrust without the need for any type of propellant.

Now however there are reports suggesting that when laser beams are fired through the EmDrive's resonance chamber they actually travel faster than the speed of light, a discovery that could indicate that the drive is producing some sort of warp field or bubble.

The findings have still to be corroborated but if the effect is confirmed then it could mean that not only is warp drive possible but that NASA may have already invented it, albeit by accident.

Source: Sputnik News | Comments (70)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #61 Posted by Belial 8 years ago
Put it in a giant bag then fill it with microwaves to be jettisoned from the rear say
Comment icon #62 Posted by She-ra 8 years ago
Came across another article I thought some of you might enjoy reading. NASA has trialled an engine that would take us to Mars in 10 weeks And may have inadvertently created a warp drive in the process. Read article here: http://www.sciencealert.com/nasa-has-trialled-an-engine-that-would-take-us-to-Mars-in-10-weeks
Comment icon #63 Posted by Merc14 8 years ago
Came across another article I thought some of you might enjoy reading. Read article here: http://www.scienceal...ars-in-10-weeks Finally a test in a vacuum so now we have to start taking this more seriously. They need to launch one into orbit and see if it works for real.
Comment icon #64 Posted by She-ra 8 years ago
Finally a test in a vacuum so now we have to start taking this more seriously. They need to launch one into orbit and see if it works for real. Just for you Merc
Comment icon #65 Posted by Merc14 8 years ago
Just for you Merc Thank you mam! Reports are popping up all over now http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/204921-controversial-quantum-em-drive-gets-real-nasa-testing-lives-to-fight-another-day
Comment icon #66 Posted by She-ra 8 years ago
Love it! Off to read that now. Thanks!
Comment icon #67 Posted by Taun 8 years ago
An FTL drive would be an astounding creation, and the answer to many dreams I've had since I was a small child... But in the last few days I've been a bit concerned as well, about misuse...
Comment icon #68 Posted by Merc14 8 years ago
An FTL drive would be an astounding creation, and the answer to many dreams I've had since I was a small child... But in the last few days I've been a bit concerned as well, about misuse... The FTL aspect was based on tests done in a normal atmosphere and wasn't attempted in these vacuum chamber tests so I'd hold back on the FTL aspects. It would be beyond amazing if there was some game changing find but a super ion drive would be a big deal in and of itself , no?
Comment icon #69 Posted by drsdsatnasa 8 years ago
stephen hawking's book 'brief history of time' proves time travel and also ixs enterprise theory by harold white in nasa had in going research of warp ship.so time travel is possible.
Comment icon #70 Posted by Taun 8 years ago
Can you reference where NSF comments claimed FTL? The NSF main page doesn't say that, and the wiki article says the interferometer measured SLOWER than light speed for the LASER. The comment about FTL was not mine, it was in the news article I linked to... As so often happens, reporters don't always let the facts stand in the way of a good story...


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