What exactly is the status of warp drive? The word “warp speed” was made famous by Star Trek, but now scientists and engineers from all across the globe are working to make it a reality.
Chrissy Newton is joined by Dr. Chance Glenn, Vice President for Academic Affairs at University of Houston Victoria, to talk about his novel hypothesis for Warp Drives and how metamaterials may be used into the design.
Are you ready to boldly go where no one has gone before? Well, hold on to your seats because scientists are currently exploring the possibilities of real-life warp drives.
That’s right, folks. We’re talking about traveling faster than the speed of light, just like in Star Trek. But before you pack your bags for a trip to the Alpha Centauri system, there are a few things you should know.
First, let’s talk about the science behind warp drive. According to Einstein’s theory of general relativity, nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. But scientists have come up with a way to get around this minor problem. They propose creating a “warp bubble” around a spacecraft that would cause the fabric of space-time to contract in front of the ship and expand behind it. This would allow the ship to travel at superluminal speeds without actually breaking the speed of the light barrier.
Now, before you build your own homemade warp drive in your backyard, there are a few obstacles scientists need to overcome. For one, the amount of energy required to create a warp bubble is astronomical (literally). It would take the energy output of an entire galaxy to power a single warp drive. So, unless you have access to a black hole or a supernova, you might want to stick to conventional forms of transportation.
Another issue is that scientists still don’t fully understand how to create a stable warp bubble.
The slightest imperfection in the bubble could cause the ship to be destroyed or even tear a hole in the fabric of space-time. So, until we figure out how to create a stable bubble, you’ll have to settle for a road trip to grandma’s house.
So, while real-life warp drives may be a long way off, it’s still exciting to think about the possibilities. Imagine being able to travel to distant planets in mere minutes or hours. It’s a future worth working towards, and who knows, maybe one day we’ll be able to boldly go where no one has gone before.
In conclusion, scientists are currently exploring the possibilities of real-life warp drive, but there are still many obstacles that need to be overcome before we can start making intergalactic trips at superluminal speeds. But never say never, and who knows, one day we may make a trip to Alpha Centauri for the weekend.