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Warp drives! It might be possible.

Posted Aug 28, '14 at 8:27pm

samiel

samiel

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So I was watching some TV show that discussed the idea of warp drives and how it could be possible by creating a wave like phenomanon in the vacuum of space. I personally was baffled but if anyone has some link to a website or something to help illuminate this or some personal idea or belief about that could be kinda cool.

 

Posted Aug 29, '14 at 12:20am

Hunter_07

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It didn't happen to be hosted by a Japanese physicist was it? Because I saw something about lightsabers being a theoretical possibility IRL too, just need a far higher density battery and ceramics that can resist much higher heat.

 

Posted Aug 29, '14 at 3:56am

HahiHa

HahiHa

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Knight

I would personally advise caution with ideas discussed in TV shows. You know they tend to edit and embellish what the people say in the interviews.

Anyway, this is the first serious link on warp drive that appeared when I googled it:

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/technology/warp/warpstat.html

It says however that the page was last updated in 2008, so maybe there's been improvement since then.

 

Posted Aug 29, '14 at 10:41am

nichodemus

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When you say warp drive, I think about Warhammer.

http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131101205546/warhammer40k/images/a/ae/SMShipsWarp.jpg

 

Posted Aug 29, '14 at 12:12pm

SSTG

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I was thinking about using two giant electromagnets attached to the ship.
Have you ever played with 2 magnets? When you place them close to each other on the opposite polarity side, they violently attract each other.
If you put them close but with the same polarity side, they repulse each other as violently.

In order for this to work, the ship would have to let go of the other magnet once the push is initiated. Would both forces cancel each other in space though? Because when you hold the two magnets, you apply a force to keep them from bouncing off your hands.

 

Posted Aug 29, '14 at 12:37pm

09philj

09philj

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@nichodemus

When you say warp drive, I think about Warhammer.


Why's that such a bad thing?
 

Posted Aug 29, '14 at 12:54pm

HahiHa

HahiHa

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SSTG, I think that the forces would indeed cancel each other out in space. Also, magnets quickly lose their force with growing distance, so I think they are not good for travel propulsion. Also, you would still have to resolve the issue of travelling faster than light.

 

Posted Aug 29, '14 at 2:31pm

SSTG

SSTG

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SSTG, I think that the forces would indeed cancel each other out in space. Also, magnets quickly lose their force with growing distance, so I think they are not good for travel propulsion. Also, you would still have to resolve the issue of travelling faster than light.

Yeah, the speed is a big deal in order to travel fast enough to not require 20 generations to get there. xD
 

Posted Aug 29, '14 at 2:41pm

FishPreferred

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If you just mean superluminal travel, it's hypothetically possible, although many present-day physicists would say that it isn't. If you mean travel by way of distorting space-time, it's absolute nonsense.

 

Posted Aug 29, '14 at 7:50pm

SSTG

SSTG

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The electromagnet idea could work when a ship leaves a space station dock.
That way they would save on fuel and it could actually give the spaceship a good momentum to start it's journey. I don't know how much speed it could achieve though.

 
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