Who have not seen at least one of the episodes of Star Trek? Hmm? Anybody? Yeah, you there, you better don’t say anything…. Because we all have. As you may remember Star Trek was overcoming great space distances.
And you may ask, how did it do it? And you have your answer – WARP DRIVE. Yes, Star Trek was able to travel so fast because of this amazing faster-than-light (FTL) propulsion system.
So how does it work?
I bet when you hear that something can be ”faster-than-light” then you think, yeah it is not possible, everybody knows that, I know that, my children know that, even my neighbour knows that. Well, it is a hypothetical system yet, but some of the scientists from NASA have already started working on it to prove that it is possible to build one for us. In theory, it sounds really simple. Warp Drive creates an artificial “bubble” of normal space-time that surrounds the object (in this case spacecraft) . It would simply expand the fabric of space behind the ship into a bubble and shrinking space-time in front of the ship. The ship would be between the expanding and shrinking space-time, essentially surfing down the side of the bubble. The funny thing is that actually ship would not move at all, instead space itself would move underneath the spacecraft.
Warp Drive – benefits?
Benefits would be tremendous, hard to imagine like for example voyage to the Alfa Centaur would take just two weeks!! We wouldn’t have any problems with traveling to other galaxies or stars which suddenly would not be so far anymore. Our solar system would become our small playground when voyages beyond our imagination and realm of understating become people’s reality. We could travel to the edge of the universe, answer many unanswered questions. We would become a Space Civilization.
How long do we have to wait?
Unfortunately it won’t be any time soon since scientists have a lot of work to figure that out and build our first “Faster then Light” propulsion system. However, we can be sure that when they are sucessfull it will have strong implication on out life and our future.
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