To Infinity And Beyond!: Physicists Suggest A Star Trek Warp Drive May Be Possible, Have Already Begun Testing

September 18, 2012


In 'f*** yeah, science' news, recent calculations performed by physicists suggest a space-time bending warp drive may be more feasible than previously thought, and several scientists have already begun testing the concept on a small scale. I have so many boners right now.

A concept for a real-life warp drive was suggested in 1994 by Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre; however, subsequent calculations found that such a device would require prohibitive amounts of energy.

Now physicists say that adjustments can be made to the proposed warp drive that would enable it to run on significantly less energy, potentially bringing the idea back from the realm of science fiction into science.

An Alcubierre warp drive would involve a football-shape spacecraft attached to a large ring encircling it. This ring, potentially made of exotic matter, would cause space-time to warp around the starship, creating a region of contracted space in front of it and expanded space behind.

Meanwhile, the starship itself would stay inside a bubble of flat space-time that wasn't being warped at all.

Listen: if we make a warp drive a reality I solemnly swear to take back all the rude things I've ever said about humanity. Well, all the stuff related to not caring about science anyways. All the fat and greedy stuff stays.

Thanks to Mike, FloorMatt, Nick, PaintedDeath, Jennifer and Ghimley, who agree the quicker we build this thing they quicker I can get off this rock and into the double-bosom of some space alien.

  • ZomBBombeR

    Not good, soooo not good. I can't wait, but not good.

  • i swear they did this in futurama

  • Crucially, and I quote directly from New Scientist Magazine, "... calculations published in 2002 showed that it would be impossible for the ship to send signals to the front of the bubble,
    meaning that crew members could not control, steer or stop the ship. In
    fact, it seems that no matter how much energy is available, it would be
    physically impossible to generate the warp bubble.

    Plausibility: apparently impossible."
    Sorry to burst your bubble.

  • Heineken Skywalker

    That was 10 years ago. Did you miss the part where "physicists say that adjustments can be made to the proposed warp drive that would enable it to run on significantly less energy"?

  • Keith Gibbons

    The Eagles could have this in their possession and still not win a Superbowl. They would probably just keep turning it over to the other team. Oh well.

  • Rod the Retard

    this will revolutionize football.

  • JJtoob

    I thought all Mexicans got their energy from Red Bull. Not enough for that?

  • Scruffy knew he had read about this somewhere...

  • rojojo

    i read thjis in your voice

  • Wes

    So basically what they're saying is that we can't have an Enterprise, but we can have a Vulcan Science vessel? I'm okay with that.

  • reddeerrun

    I've seen that wave form before - you get it in the calculator when you plot x^n + y^n = z^ higher values of n the plot is a gravity wave emanating from point of origin. basically that is your black hole bomb.

  • Guest

    Will frizz-bee shaped ships help with going through wormholes?

  • mrfixitrick

    This is nothing compared to the concepts and inventions of Mt Keshe of Keshe Foundation. He says he already has space drives worked out using magnetic-gravitational fields. His spacecraft can be any shape, and maintains a iG environment where spacesuits won't be required.

    Is this for real?? Book your 3 day return moon trip here for 2016...

  • jimmy

    Quick, where do we find this "exotic matter" ??

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    probably somewhere on another planet.

    someone needs to get to reprogramming Curiosity to start finding something more "exotic" than it's crotch.

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    Why would it matter the shape of the ship?

  • Mat Pridham


  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    please elaborate on spacetime dynamics and it's relation to a football shaped ship. In an uneducated idea of thinking I would have to assume that the warp bubble formed around the ship would not care the shape of the mass that is inside it. as long as your ship did not protrude that field you should be ok. In other words...I want to ride around in a Borg cube not a football.

  • They even rendered this football shaped spacecraft with stitching! They're dead serious about this design.

  • dyingalive

    There is no Up or down in space, so you need the laces to know what way the ship is oriented :P

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