Artist Mark Rademaker has unveiled a set of concept images imagining what a spaceship capable of traveling to other stars in a matter of months would really look like.
Although it may look like something from the next science fiction epic and is unlikely to lift off anytime soon, his IXS Enterprise design is actually based on some hard science.
Interstellar travel is one of the most frustrating buzzkills of the space age. Since launched in 1977, the Voyager 1 spacecraft has traveled about 116 astronomical units (1.08 x 1010 mi, 1.7 x 1010 km). At that speed, it would take about 75,000 years for it to travel to the nearest star, Proxima Centauri, 4.3 light years from Earth – and it isn’t even going in the right direction.
Science fiction is filled with stories where this annoying limit is avoided by equipping spaceships with warp drives, hyperdrives, and infinite improbability drives. According to current physics, those are pure fantasy because the speed of light can’t be exceeded. This isn’t like the sound barrier that just needed good engineering to overcome. It’s sewn into the very manner in which the universe is stitched together. However, some scientists believe that there is a way around that iron-clad limit.
The Latest on: Warp-drive ship
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- FLASHBACKS: Star Trek: First Contacton April 5, 2021 at 7:03 pm
Scott takes Ryan and Jay to school on Star Trek, Starfleet Academy style! Join the crew of Front Row Flashbacks and the crew of the S.S. Enterprise in the fight to battle their villainous, space ...
- Everything You Need to Know About First Contact Dayon April 5, 2021 at 8:50 am
Shortly after Cochrane landed the Phoenix, the Vulcan ship landed on Earth ... In reality, Cochrane was a difficult drunk who developed warp drive because he thought it would make him rich.
- 'Star Trek' First Contact Day promises plenty of Trek news and nostalgiaon April 1, 2021 at 9:50 am
Unless of course you live in the Mirror Universe, where inventor of warp drive Zefram Cochrane (James Cromwell) gives the visiting Vulcans both barrels before everyone plunders the alien survey ship.
- Spacecraft in a ‘warp bubble’ could travel faster than light, claims physiciston March 19, 2021 at 4:49 am
Warp drive: could positive-energy solitons move a spacecraft faster ... “The problem is that you need energy to deform space all the way to the very edge of the bubble, and the ship simply can’t put ...
- Take a look at NASA's real-life Starship Enterpriseon March 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm
This could be the closest we could get to having a real-life "Star Trek"-type ship that uses warp drive to zip through interstellar space. NASA physicist Harold White has collaborated with ...
- The World Just Moved Even Closer to a Real, Working Warp Driveon March 12, 2021 at 6:06 am
Warp drive is having a moment. Just last week, scientists dropped a bombshell when they unveiled the first physical model for a warp drive, the holy grail of space travel that would allow us to bend ...
- News tagged with television viewingon March 3, 2021 at 4:00 pm
A pair of researchers at Applied Physics has created what they describe as the first general model for a warp drive, a model for a space craft that could travel faster than the speed of light ...
- Is it possible to travel faster than light? Scientists believe so!on March 3, 2021 at 5:47 am
A warp drive is a fairly simple concept ... Due to this, space and time behind the ship would expand, while space and time ahead of the object would be compressed. This was first envisioned ...
- The Science of 'Star Trek': How Close Are We?on August 13, 2020 at 7:50 am
Scientists explore warp drive, time travel ... Captain Kirk only had to give the order and the massive ship could zoom off to places light-years away, at speeds many times the speed of light.
- Impossible Physics: Meet NASA’s Design for a Warp Drive Shipon April 28, 2018 at 7:49 pm
and the gravitational fields produced would likely rip any ship to shreds. My personal estimate of the likelihood we will ever be able to build a “warp drive” is much less than 1%. And the ...
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