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    This is the first step towards actually getting to another habitable planet before our local star (the sun) burns out [in about 3bn years time as an estimate], preferably one that's both young in it's life and not yet inhabited by intelligent life, though not so young that it's still settling down. Potentially, in about half a century (or half a millennium depending on how much research actually goes into it and how successful it is), we might be able to see what's outside the Milky Way. Yes, outside the galaxy. At the very least i'd expect us to leave the local solar system.

    I've no doubt this will be all we hear about it for at least a decade or 2 though
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    I would sooooo volunteer to go to a different Earth-like planet, using the Warp Drive. Exploring space and distant planets sounds to good to be true...

    Sadly, by the time this actually happens, I'll be long dead...Hopefully I'll come back again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oblivionx View Post
    Looking at physics and our capabilities realistically I would be happy with .25 lightspeed.

    I love science fiction, but I never forget the fiction part.

    It's not just the speed at issue, it's the fact that a micrometeorite at those speed is hitting the ship like an atomic explosion.
    You're missing the true beauty of the Alcubierre drive though.

    Even at insane velocities like Warp 5 (125c) the kinetic energy of your own craft is 0 because you aren't undergoing any sort of motion.

    So a small fleck of rock will hit you as though you were standing still (Because you are).

    The warp bubble itself is probably so energetic that it would act as a shield, and obliterate any matter that gets in its way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cakka View Post
    From that article it seems its at best one group of researchers just presenting their findings to NASA. No peer review of any kind done yet. I would suggest you people hold your horses for now.
    Why this is remarkable is -

    Mass needed for warp drive :

    (First hypothesis) Entire mass of universe > Entire galactic mass > Mass of Jupiter > Mass of Voyager (Current hypothesis)

    This shows that our understanding and technology is slowly enabling us to achieve what was once unthinkable !

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    WTB first space ticket off this rock PST!
    Make that two please

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wikiy View Post
    Even if we master fusion (which we will rather soon) or master matter-antimatter annihilation (antimatter is the costliest material in the universe to make, by the way, several hundred billion dollars per gram), it wouldn't be enough because the only differences between those are how efficient the matter-energy-conversion is. In nuclear fission, you get less energy because less mass is turned into energy, while in fusion, about 1/4 of the mass in every reaction is turned into energy. Matter-antimatter annihilation gives a 100% energy conversion. But, as i said, this wont really be enough. You'd need to convert a planet the size of Jupiter into pure energy to generate a field strong enough to propel a ship at speed of light. Which is kind of a slow speed if we're talking about warp.
    I think you did not read the article at all before posting this. While your logic is sound, the scientists have discovered the mass needed is not actually of Jupiter scale but more of Voyager spacecraft scale. Which means they can actually try to create warp at very small scales which can actually lead to better understanding and eventually the energy needed to be a lot less that even Voyager scale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by semaphore View Post
    The energy required to accelerate something to the speed of light is infinity. I'm not sure how you propose to find infinite energy, but even if the entire (observable) universe is converted into energy it's still going to be finite. However, it doesn't hold anyone back to say that. Rather, the whole rationale for the Alcubierre drive is to bypass the insurmountable energy requirements of light speed travel.

    It's nice to have an imagination, but this indignation at inconvenient realities really doesn't help.
    You are as wrong as can be.
    The point of the article is that something we thought needed the whole mass of universe to achieve can now be achieved with just the mass of voyager. This is a testament to our understanding and advancement and who knows if they manage the small scale experiments, they might learn a lot more and realise that the energy needed is actually a lot less than voyager.
    Your statement about needed the entire observable universe as energy shows that you either did not read the article or are just trolling a scientific thread without much understanding of the subject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Activi-T View Post
    I wonder what effect, if any, rippled space-time would have on a warped bubble of space-time. Surfs up?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19408363
    Nice link. Thanks

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    I wonder how stopping would work. And I think, even if we did create a working spacecraft, people inside it would get squished inside it from the extreme acceleration/deceleration, wouldn't they? A signal would also take ages to reach us, assuming we send an unmanned probe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Theodon View Post
    I wonder how stopping would work. And I think, even if we did create a working spacecraft, people inside it would get squished inside it from the extreme acceleration/deceleration, wouldn't they? A signal would also take ages to reach us, assuming we send an unmanned probe.
    I am not sure on the signal bit and I think communication would be a big hurdle to overcome but as far as extreme acceleration/deceleration goes you don't really do that. The ship is stationary and warped in a bubble which is warping space around you. The kinetic energy of the ship itself is zero.

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    Quote Originally Posted by igame View Post
    I am not sure on the signal bit and I think communication would be a big hurdle to overcome but as far as extreme acceleration/deceleration goes you don't really do that. The ship is stationary and warped in a bubble which is warping space around you. The kinetic energy of the ship itself is zero.
    A close ( but not perfect) analogy could be of surfing, you're riding the wave. However in a warp drive the motion of the wave (warp) does not give you kinetic energy.

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    Communication would be a problem tbh, as all kinds of signals would still have to follow the speed of light outside the "warp bubble". It would probably just be easier and faster to have drones or small spacecraft with their own warp drives to carry messages back and forth.

    I'm also seeing a potential problem with sensors and stuff, you'd essentially be flying blind while inside the bubble as logically, any kind of radar waves or whatever that you send out from the ship within the bubble would be too slow to catch up with the bubble again. You'd probably have to make the trip in a series of jumps, get out of the bubble in order to scan ahead for some distance and then make another jump in warp mode and then go out of the bubble again and scan etc. Because I'm fairly certain that driving straight into/through a sun or planet, that you didn't know was there, would suck :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gheld View Post
    Round trip to proxima centauri in 0.85 years. A definite improvement over our current limitations, but still hardly the whole Star Trek fantasy.

    10 times the speed of light would be a mere Warp 2.15. We would be the laughing stock of the federation!
    we won't be out running the borg with those times :\

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    At long last. Time to GTFO to a new planet.
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    Alight science i have my cake ready lets do this
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wells View Post
    Gonna make sure I have a crowbar..


    just sayin'
    You may need more then a crowbar if the Reapers Come!

    Anyway great news, seen this on FT forums and was going to share it on here but someone beet me to it heh ^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by igame View Post
    You are as wrong as can be.
    The point of the article is that something we thought needed the whole mass of universe to achieve can now be achieved with just the mass of voyager. This is a testament to our understanding and advancement and who knows if they manage the small scale experiments, they might learn a lot more and realise that the energy needed is actually a lot less than voyager.
    Your statement about needed the entire observable universe as energy shows that you either did not read the article or are just trolling a scientific thread without much understanding of the subject.
    I think you're missing a crucial part of the article. There has been no prior or current ability to use the mechanism he is proposing. He is theorizing that we will be able to use "exotic matter" and he is theorizing what effect it will have. His giant breakthrough is that he proposes using a doughnut shape object rather than a flat disk object. Hardly even worth an article. Don't you think if this were in the workings and on it's way to being proven it'd at least be on all of the news outlets?

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    Apparently the big hurdle they expect is how to deal with the radiation when you leave warp. As you move at superluminal speed all the nasty shit floating through space has a tendency to get caught up in your bubble and when you stop it explodes.
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    Wouldn't it be funny if our entire concept of space-travel was revolutionized by some physicist saying "Hey, what if instead of a ring, we made it a donut?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gheld View Post
    Round trip to proxima centauri in 0.85 years. A definite improvement over our current limitations, but still hardly the whole Star Trek fantasy.

    10 times the speed of light would be a mere Warp 2.15. We would be the laughing stock of the federation!
    Kinda reminds me of how when we first made our way to the new world, it might take a couple months to cross the ocean. Now we have airplanes and can do it in a few hours.
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    I thought the key part of the article was "This ring, potentially made of exotic matter, would cause space-time to warp around the starship".

    So all they need is some unobtanium and a blowtorch to put this together.

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    So the governments master plan to slowly leak out technology that we discovered from Aliens in the 50 is continuing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by igame View Post
    You are as wrong as can be.
    The point of the article is that something we thought needed the whole mass of universe to achieve can now be achieved with just the mass of voyager. This is a testament to our understanding and advancement and who knows if they manage the small scale experiments, they might learn a lot more and realise that the energy needed is actually a lot less than voyager.
    Your statement about needed the entire observable universe as energy shows that you either did not read the article or are just trolling a scientific thread without much understanding of the subject.
    Whereas you obviously didn't read beyond the first sentence of my post (which was not dealing with an Alcubierre drive).

    And the article is just proposing an improvement to a hypothetical concept that is still nowhere near achievable. Where have they found matter with negative energy density?

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    Ugh... extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

    That said, if it turns out that it really works, it will be an amazing and exciting day for science and space exploration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slacker76 View Post
    I thought the key part of the article was "This ring, potentially made of exotic matter, would cause space-time to warp around the starship".

    So all they need is some unobtanium and a blowtorch to put this together.
    Bingo... there's a problem with exotic matter, that it's terribly short lived. Plus, what exotic matter are they talking about?

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