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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22 Comments on "Star Trek Warp Drive Could Really Enable Interstellar Travel"

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

  2. Anarchy Pony | Jun 12, 2014 at 3:43 pm |

    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?

  3. Chaos_Dynamics | Jun 12, 2014 at 4:09 pm |

    Spice melange.

    Fold that space.

  4. BuzzCoastin | Jun 12, 2014 at 5:17 pm |

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

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

  5. Jonas Planck | Jun 12, 2014 at 6:41 pm |

    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.

  6. 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.

    • 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.

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