I admit it: I am a Trakker. And I would like to travel to the far away stars and planets.
In order to do this, we would need something like Warp Drive to get me there. But Warp Drive (faster than the speed of light) seems a faraway invention. Warp drive depends on a matter-antimatter drive, or engine, to travel vast distances. Warp drive also "folds" space, another idea postulated by many people.
Gene Roddenbery researched this idea before creating Star Trek, and most of his ideas are based at least in part on possible and future science. But think of it: Travel to the far reaches of the Galaxy, finding new beings living on other planets...It all sounds pretty far-fetched, but a lot of people have backed up Warp Drive. Astrophysicist Eric Davis is one of the leaders in the field of faster-than-light (FTL) space travel. But for Davis, humanity's potential to explore the vastness of space at warp speed is not science fiction.
Davis' latest study, "Faster-Than-Light Space Warps, Status and Next Steps" won the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' (AIAA) 2013 Best Paper Award for Nuclear and Future Flight Propulsion. Check out this link about Davis' prize on Warp Drive.
Maybe I am just dreaming wishful dreams. But it seems to me that it just might be possible to travel using Warp Drive.
Will my dream come true? Probably not in my lifetime. But maybe in my next, I'll be going to the stars!
Live Long and Prosper!
Yes, but in a very, very distant future, perhaps 1,000 years from now. Between now and then, humanity will have to find a way to survive the Singularity. Perhaps it will drive us all closer to God. I think it will have to for us to survive it.
answered 14 Jul '13, 08:47
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