Monday, August 04, 2008

The spice must flow...

Warp Speed Engine Designed at Discovery. Well, no, not really designed. More like suggested.
The tricky part is that the ship wouldn't actually move; space itself would move underneath the stationary spacecraft. A beam of light next to the ship would still zoom away, same as it always does, but a beam of light far from the ship would be left behind.

That means that the ship would arrive at its destination faster than a beam of light traveling the same distance, but without violating Einstein's relativity, which says that it would take an infinite amount of energy to accelerate an object with mass to the speed of light, since the ship itself isn't actually moving.

The fabric of space has moved faster than light before, says Cleaver, right after the Big Bang, when the universe expanded faster than the speed of light.

"We're recreating the inflationary period of the universe behind the ship," said Cleaver.

While the theory rests on relatively firm ground, the next question is how do you expand space behind the ship and contract it in front of the ship?
Some interesting speculative science. Of course, we could always just change the speed of light.


  1. As I understand the idea behind the Star Trek "warp field", warp drive actually creates a pocket of space or "mini-alternate universe" where it is possible to move faster than light. The ship then moves along this pocket to its destination. I might be completely wrong about this. --Brer.