Star Trek Warp Drive Could Really Enable Interstellar Travel


(C) Mark Rademaker

Continuing the theme of Star Trek tech becoming a reality, NASA scientist Dr. Harold White has designed a model, the ISX Enterprise, using a space-time bending Alcubierre drive, which is not dissimilar to Gene Roddenberry’s legendary warp drive, reports the Daily Mail:

Last month, Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan unveiled his next science-fiction blockbuster.

Called Interstellar, it envisages a future where travel to other stars is not only a possibility but a necessity, and tasks actor Matthew McConaughey with leading the main mission.

But a Nasa scientist claims such a mission isn’t necessarily just something reserved for science fiction – and has revealed a Star Trek-style ship that could make interstellar travel a reality.

Dr Harold White is famous for suggesting that faster than light (FTL) travel is possible.

Using something known as an Alcubierre drive, named after a Mexican theoretical physicist of the same name, Dr White said it is possible to ‘bend’ space-time, and cover large distances almost instantly.

This, in essence, would allow a spaceship to travel almost anywhere in a tiny fraction of the time it would take a conventional spacecraft.

The ship in Nolan’s Interstellar movie, as well as those in Star Trek, employ a warp engine.

And, in a series of new renders, Dr White reveals how a real spacecraft dubbed the IXS Enterprise could do the same thing.

IXS Enterprise (Work in Progress)

(C) Mark Rademaker

The images are based on the artist who created the original look for the famous USS Enterprise ship from Star Trek – Matthew Jeffries.

To make the latest renders Dr White employed the help of artist Mark Rademaker and graphic designer Mike Okuda. [check out their Flickr gallery of the IXS Enterprise]

Read more at the Daily Mail


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  • davakins

    Don’t get those silver jumpsuits out of the closet just yet

    • Simon Valentine

      they keep one out of the closet just for plausible genderability

      • Rhoid Rager

        the truth always lies somewhere inbetwixt

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        • Anarchy Pony


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            The universe Tumblr isn’t safe, it’s wondrous, with wonders to satisfy appetites both subtle and gross, but it’s not for the timid.

            Fuck. I really need to stop quoting Star Trek now.

          • Jonas Planck

            The Hounds of Tindalos

          • Matt Staggs

            “The Hounds of Tindalos” was a great idea for a story, but I was disappointed by the execution.

          • Simon Valentine

            not every cave man
            has dogs
            that’s why there are copies
            Anubis is one
            but i should like to call the Milky Way black hole Ammit
            and these pets welcome

        • Simon Valentine

          love it.

          i want to crawl into them.

        • Matt Staggs

          Great movie.

  • Anarchy Pony

    And what will be the long term effect of high traffic long range space-time manipulation on local space-time? Will we end up exposing the local system to dangerous variable phenomenon from the destination end?

  • Chaos_Dynamics

    Spice melange.

    Fold that space.

  • BuzzCoastin

    propolsion is only one small factor
    in the equation of jail breaking earth

    • Mr Grim

      True, there’s also the question of appropriate snacks for the journey, for starters.

  • Jonas Planck

    Classic design! Look at those lines, all simple geometric shapes and fused plastic! They don’t make ’em like that anymore! I mean, yet… they don’t make ’em like that yet… Whatever. Anyway, she LOOKS a lot sweeter than she handles, that’s probably a given. And those nacelles look way too small to be capable of interstellar jumps. Gonna need a lot more juice than that to push any farther than a few light-days.

    • Mr Grim

      “Amazing looking ship though. Looks like a fish, moves like a fish, steers like a cow.”

      • Jonas Planck

        Hotblack RAWKS!!!

  • aaron

    How about we fix the problems in our own society and with our own planet before we start ripping holes in space time with unknown consequences so we can find a faster route to another place that we can take our problems with us to fuck that place up too.

    • Mr Grim

      Always with the negative waves, Moriarty. Always with the negative waves…(Possibly obscure quote these days…)

      But yes, actually totally agree. It’s like when people go on about terraforming Mars to make it fit for human habitation and evade environmental meltdown on Earth. I love how it’s somehow preferable to use the Wonder Powers of Science to do this than use those same powers and just fix the problem(s) here.