DREAMING OF A WARP BUBBLE


Warp Drive
Warp Drive (Photo credit: Duncan Allan)

Last week, I wrote about NASA’s new venture into creating a Warp Drive.

Thanks to Star Trek and more recently, famed theoretical physicist Miguel Alcubierre Moya, we are well on our way to making this dream a reality.

With the advent of a Warp Drive, we’d have the ability to reach star systems up to 20 light years away in about 2 years.

English: The orbits of planets in the Gliese 5...
English: The orbits of planets in the Gliese 581 system are compared to those of our own solar system. The Gliese 581 star has about 30 percent the mass of our Sun, and the outermost planet is closer to its star than the Earth is to the Sun. The 4th planet, G, is a planet that could sustain life. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Imagine, being able to actually visit Gliese 581g, which is an earth-like exo-planet orbiting a red dwarf star 20 light years away. We’d have the opportunity to find out how close to our own earth this huge ball of rock really is. Would we be able to branch out there? Would it actually sustain life? Is there even oxygen there? All these questions and more could be answered with the aid of a warp bubble.

However, while we are ecstatic about this development, and realize that it will be a great new adventure for our world, we also have to look at the negatives.

First off, there would be a need for a huge ring of Negative Energy bordering the vessel. Depending on your particular view of physics, Classical v/s Quantum, you may or may not believe in the existence of this energy.

The Negative Energy would be necessary to actually bend the area around the vessel. It’s what would cause the space behind to expand and the space in front to contract.

Next, how would we operate this field seeing as it’s actually separate from the vessel? I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I’d be willing to take a space walk and flip a switch to turn on emitters that are attached to the hull. I’m not a physicist, but I am pretty sure that’s something we’re going to have to solve before this can be even close to a feasible mode of transportation.

The third problem that I see, is that a warp bubble essentially would bend the fabric of space, and create a wormhole. Wormholes, at present, haven’t been established in a sizable, much less stable manner.

Imagine that you are surfing through a 200 foot wave tunnel created by a tsunami and it collapses on you.

These and other issues have been tossed around by scientists and geeks alike. Because of the limits of our current economics and technology, I, unfortunately, don’t see Warp Drive Tech coming to fruition or being commercial in my lifetime.

So in the meantime, I will continue to use my imagination and write stories that will feed my desire to escape this planet and see the stars.

And I’ll be nice enough to share them with you.

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