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10/04/2012 08:06:42 AM · #1
No joke - article about: Researchers are hot on the trail of building nuclear fusion impulse engines, complete with real-life dilithium crystals.
10/04/2012 10:19:24 AM · #2
OH WOW. That would definately help out our space travel. Mars to Earth in 6 weeks....
10/04/2012 04:12:31 PM · #3
Forget it, Earth to Mars in six week is only any good for travel within our solar system.

The next closest star is still going to take hundreds if not thousands of years and a 100 times the total energy output of the entire world.
The distances are mind blowing.
10/04/2012 04:19:30 PM · #4
Warp drive may also be more plausible than first thought.: //techland.time.com/2012/09/19/nasa-actually-working-on-faster-than-light-warp-drive/
10/04/2012 04:22:56 PM · #5
Originally posted by eqsite:

Warp drive may also be more plausible than first thought.: //techland.time.com/2012/09/19/nasa-actually-working-on-faster-than-light-warp-drive/


And the amount of energy necessary to power that would be on par with — wait for it — the mass-energy of the planet Jupiter.

Forget that as well :)
10/04/2012 04:25:21 PM · #6
Originally posted by marbo:

Originally posted by eqsite:

Warp drive may also be more plausible than first thought.: //techland.time.com/2012/09/19/nasa-actually-working-on-faster-than-light-warp-drive/


And the amount of energy necessary to power that would be on par with — wait for it — the mass-energy of the planet Jupiter.

Forget that as well :)


You didn't read the entire article. The original equations needed that much energy. The updated equations need about the mass of the voyager probe. Much more plausible.
10/04/2012 04:27:49 PM · #7
Originally posted by marbo:

Originally posted by eqsite:

Warp drive may also be more plausible than first thought.: //techland.time.com/2012/09/19/nasa-actually-working-on-faster-than-light-warp-drive/


And the amount of energy necessary to power that would be on par with — wait for it — the mass-energy of the planet Jupiter.

Forget that as well :)


You forgot to read the next line on the page.

Originally posted by science_dudes:

Maybe not. According to NASA physicist Harold White, the energy problem may actually be surmountable by simply tweaking the warp drive’s geometry.


I still don't think it will be anything that happens in my lifetime, but it's interesting to know it might be plausible.

ETA: Once again I'm too slow in posting :)

Message edited by author 2012-10-04 16:28:47.
10/04/2012 04:29:19 PM · #8
Originally posted by marbo:

Originally posted by eqsite:

Warp drive may also be more plausible than first thought.: //techland.time.com/2012/09/19/nasa-actually-working-on-faster-than-light-warp-drive/


And the amount of energy necessary to power that would be on par with — wait for it — the mass-energy of the planet Jupiter.

Forget that as well :)


Then in the very next paragraph...

Maybe not. According to NASA physicist Harold White, the energy problem may actually be surmountable by simply tweaking the warp drive’s geometry.

White, who just shared his latest ideas at the 100 Year Starship 2012 Public Symposium, says that if you adjust the shape of the ring surrounding the object, from something that looks like a flat halo into something thicker and curvier, you could power Alcubierre’s warp drive with a mass roughly the size of NASA’s Voyager 1 probe.

In other words: reduction in energy requirements from a planet with a mass equivalent to over 300 Earths, down to an object that weighs just under 1,600 pounds.

What’s more, if you oscillate the space warp, White claims you could reduce the energy load even further.

10/04/2012 04:31:42 PM · #9
Ha! at least I was faster than Spork ;) albeit less detailed.
10/04/2012 04:33:44 PM · #10
Now if we can just solve that whole "exotic matter" issue, we'll be sailing to the stars in no time.
10/04/2012 05:00:15 PM · #11
Forget that and look at this. it could be amazing.
10/04/2012 05:04:29 PM · #12
Originally posted by marbo:

Forget it, Earth to Mars in six week is only any good for travel within our solar system.

The next closest star is still going to take hundreds if not thousands of years and a 100 times the total energy output of the entire world.
The distances are mind blowing.

It's interesting... A party setting out for a multi generation voyage would be better served by staying and working on development activities as a faster ship even centuries later would pass the early voyager.....
10/04/2012 06:11:15 PM · #13
the earlier voyage could figure out kinks in the sytem to be added to the later ship....then the later ship could pick them up
10/04/2012 07:23:28 PM · #14
Originally posted by cowboy221977:

....then the later ship could pick them up

Interstellar hitchiking -- good thing there's a guide for that ... ;-)
10/04/2012 08:03:11 PM · #15
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by cowboy221977:

....then the later ship could pick them up

Interstellar hitchiking -- good thing there's a guide for that ... ;-)


Just make sure to carry your towel
10/04/2012 08:11:14 PM · #16
Originally posted by cowboy221977:

Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by cowboy221977:

....then the later ship could pick them up

Interstellar hitchiking -- good thing there's a guide for that ... ;-)


Just make sure to carry your towel


Funny thing, I noticed the other day that I have 25% more 42nd percentile finishes than any other percentile.

Message edited by author 2012-10-04 20:11:33.
10/04/2012 08:34:42 PM · #17
I thought they were focusing on a way to probe Uranus?

Bazinga!
10/04/2012 08:46:52 PM · #18
LOL OMG the URANUS joke never dies does it
10/04/2012 08:52:37 PM · #19
Originally posted by cowboy221977:

LOL OMG the URANUS joke never dies does it


looking for Klingons.
10/04/2012 09:34:28 PM · #20
Originally posted by mike_311:

Originally posted by cowboy221977:

LOL OMG the URANUS joke never dies does it


looking for Klingons.


I thought they were going to wipe them out.

The Klingons

on Uranus
10/04/2012 09:49:51 PM · #21
Originally posted by Spork99:

Originally posted by mike_311:

Originally posted by cowboy221977:

LOL OMG the URANUS joke never dies does it


looking for Klingons.


I thought they were going to wipe them out.

The Klingons

on Uranus


Easier said than done, you have be very anal retentive when trying to wipe them out.
10/04/2012 10:14:27 PM · #22
It (sadly) occurs to me that Klingons would be a great name for a line of elastic-free underwear ...
10/04/2012 10:14:46 PM · #23
And this is why we can't have nice things.
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