NASA Admits Alcubierre Drive Initiative: Faster Than The Speed Of Light


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NASA is currently working on the first practical field test toward the possibility of faster than light travel.

Traveling faster than light has always been attributed to science fiction, but that all changed when Harold White and his team at NASA started to work on and tweak the Alcubierre Drive. Special relativity may hold true, but to travel faster or at the speed of light we might not need a craft that can travel at that speed. The solution might be to place a craft within a space that is moving faster than the speed of light! Therefore the craft itself does not have to travel at the speed of light from it’s own type of propulsion system.

It’s easier to think about if you think in terms of a flat escalator in an airport. The escalator moves faster than you are walking! In this case, the space encompassing the ship would be moving faster than the ship could fly, keeping all the matter of the ship intact. Therefore, we can move faster than light, in a massless cloud of space-time.

What is the Alcubierre Drive? It’s actually based on Einsteins field equations, it suggests that a spacecraft could achieve faster-than-light travel. Rather than exceed the speed of light alone in a craft, a spacecraft would leap long distances by contracting space in front of it and expanding space behind it. This would result in faster than light travel (1). Physicist Miguel Alcubierre was the first that we know to identify this possibility. He described it as remaining still on a flat piece of space-time inside a warp bubble that was made to move at “superluminal” (faster than light) velocity. We must not forget that space-time can be warped and distorted, it can be moved. But what about  moving sections of space-time that’s created by expanding space-time behind the ship, and by contracting space-time in front of the ship?

This type of concept was also recently illustrated by Mathematician James Hill and Barry Cox at the University of Adelaide. They published a paper in the journal proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical and Physical Sciences (3).

It was once believed that Einsteins  theory of special relativity means that faster than light travel is just not possible. This is a misconception, special relativity simply states that the distance you travel depends on how fast you move, for how long you’re moving for. So if you are driving at 70 mph you will have covered 70 miles in one hour. The confusing part is that, no matter how fast you are moving you will always see the speed of light as being the same. It’s similar to sound, if you close your eyes and imagine that the only sense you have is hearing, you will identify things by how they sound. So if a car is driving at a rapid speed and honks its horn, we know that the horn is always tooting the same tone, it’s just the car’s motion that made it appear to change.

Special relativity also showed us that the atoms and molecules that make up matter are connected by electromagnetic fields, the same stuff light is made up of. The object that would break the light speed barrier is made up of the same stuff as the barrier itself. How can an object travel faster than that which links it’s atoms? This was the barrier.

The only problem with our modern day science is that creating distortions in space-time require energy densities that are not yet possible for humans, or so they say. NASA scientists are currently working on tweaking Alcubierre’s model.

Faster-than-light travel, also known as hyper space or “warp” drive from what the masses know for sure is currently at the level of speculation. Although there is already a lot of evidence that shows it is possible  and has already been accomplished, mainstream science is still catching up.  We are at the point right now where faster-than-light travel is still theoretical, but possible.

At the same time, we have to look at other factors that are now coming to light. As former NASA Astronaut and Princeton Physics Professor Dr, Brian O’leary Illustrates. This topic has recently had another media explosion and congress recently discussed and looked at evidence for Earth like planets recently found by Kepler Telescopes. Three “super-Earths” to be exact that are most probably teeming with life (4). Furthermore, former congressmen and women recently participated in a citizens hearing on the subject of UFOs a few weeks ago. You can read more about that here. I’ve used this video in many articles before, but it’s just a great clip from when Dr O’leary was still with us.

UFOs and the technology behind it should not be subject to speculation. Odds are we have retrieved some of that technology, or manufactured some ourselves. Some of our science may not be so theoretical after all.

“We now have the technology to take ET home” – Ben Rich

Sources:

http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20110015936_2011016932.pdf

http://www.technewsdaily.com/18051-star-trek-warp-drive-possible.html

(1) http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/technology/warp/warpstat_prt.htm

(2)http://www.livescience.com/23789-einstein-relativity-faster-than-light-travel.html

(3)http://www.space.com/17951-einstein-relativity-faster-than-light-travel.html

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/technology/warp/warpstat_prt.htm

http://techland.time.com/2012/09/19/nasa-actually-working-on-faster-than-light-warp-drive/

(4)http://www.space.com/21030-alien-earth-search-congress-hearing.html


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  1. Jeremy

    I seen this movie. ” Event Horizon “. It didn’t end well

  2. RoyBoy

    As an old alien space traveler used to say… Fascinating. 8>)

  3. Latest solar spectral evidences on faster than light:

    M. A. Padmanabha Rao, Discovery of superluminal velocities of X-rays and Bharat Radiation challenging the validity of Einstein’s formula E= mc^2,
    IOSR Journal of Applied Physics (IOSR-JAP), Volume 4, Issue 4 (Sep. – Oct. 2013), PP 08-14.
    http://www.iosrjournals.org/iosr-jap/papers/Vol4-issue4/B0440814.pdf?id=3522

    Abstract: The current paper reports discovery of superluminal velocities of X-rays, and Bharat Radiation in 12.87 to 31 nm range from solar spectra. The discovery challenges the 100 year old Albert Einstein’s assertion that nothing can go faster than velocity of light c in vacuum while formulating E = mc2 in his special theory of relativity reported in 1905. Several solar spectra recorded at various wavelengths by Woods et al in 2011 demonstrated GOES X-rays arriving earlier than 13.5 nm emission, which in turn arriving earlier than 33.5 nm emission. Finally, the investigators faced difficulty in concluding that short wavelengths traveled fast because of lack of information whether all the three emissions originated from the same source and at the same.
    time. Very recently the author has reported GOES X-rays (7.0 nm) cause 13.5 nm (Bharat Radiation), which in turn causes 33.5 nm Extreme ultraviolet (EUV) emission from same excited atoms present in solar flare by Padmanabha Rao Effect. Based on these findings, the author succeeded in explaining how the solar spectral findings provide direct evidences on superluminal velocities of GOES X-ray and 13.5 nm Bharat Radiation emissions, when 33.5 nm EUV emission is considered travelling at velocity of light c. Among X-ray wavelengths, the short wavelength 7.0 nm X-rays traveled faster than 9.4 nm X-rays, while X-rays go at superluminal velocities. Among Bharat radiation wavelengths, short wavelengths showed fast travel, while Bharat Radiation goes at superluminal velocities as compared to 33.5 EUV emission.

  4. martin

    i would be willing to go on the first test flight of this engine when its built after they figure it out

  5. John

    Isn’t it ‘Spacial’ Relativity? Not ‘special’?

    • nope.

    • Gerald Butler

      No, it is “Special Relativity”, not “Spacial” (which, by the way, is spelled, Spatial). It is “Special” because it describes the nature of motion in what are referred to as “Inertial Reference Frames” (which are basically a frame of reference that is not experiencing acceleration or the effects of gravity. It is a “special case” of “General Relativity”, which applies to non-inertial frames of reference. See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_relativity as a good place to start to learn more about relativity. Keep in mind, however, that some of the statements in this article are arguably not a 100% description of Relativity, neither Special nor General, but is good enough to give you some of the ideas.

      • Gerald, you might be a bit too lenient on the article. The following statements on special relativity fail to provide insight on the subject matter and might actually promote misconceptions:

        “special relativity simply states that the distance you travel depends on how fast you move, for how long you’re moving for”.
        “Special relativity also showed us that the atoms and molecules that make up matter are connected by electromagnetic fields, the same stuff light is made up of.”

        It’s worth pointing out that I have enjoyed previous articles by the same author.

    • Bhubba Secularium

      And not to be confused with gawd’s special supernatural relativity which he used to create light from the most distant objects in the universe before he created the universe.

  6. willthegreat

    Hang on…what? UFOs?

    “UFOs and the technology behind it should not be subject to speculation. Odds are we have retrieved some of that technology, or manufactured some ourselves”

    Where the hell did that come from? How did we go from an article about NASA researching faster-than-light propulsion to crackpot nonsense about flying saucers?

    • willthegreat

      Also this little gem, emphasis mine:

      “Faster-than-light travel, also known as hyper space or “warp” drive from what the masses know for sure is currently at the level of speculation. Although there is already a lot of evidence that shows it is possible **and has already been accomplished**, mainstream science is still catching up.”

      I’m pretty sure that if someone achieved faster-than-light travel already we’d have heard about it.

      • Zaron

        I was expecting mention of UFO’s the second I read that sentence.

    • “crackpot nonsense?” Did you know that before the speed of sound was broken a lot of MORONS hurled around the term “crackpot nonsense” too? They said it was ridiculous. Now assuming the article is valid and you could travel a million light years in an instant and you went to a planet of MORONS, if you were able to listen in on their conversations you’d probably hear something very similar to what you just wrote Mr. Closed Mind.

  7. PDXSerric

    Ok, I’ll admit it – I have some questions with with this theory. I apologize for the barrage but these things are bugging me…

    First, how far do you have to contract spacetime in front of you? How far CAN you? If it’s only a matter of like 1 AU then is it truly beneficial? Does the field move with the object, constantly contracting spacetime as you move forward? What happens when the field is collapsed and spacetime snaps back to normal? If you’re caught between two points in space you’d be stretched to destruction.

    If spacetime can be contracted and expanded then it has to have mass (which we know). Mass, when constantly stretched and retracted, has a friction point where it can take only so much before becoming unstable and breaking. So WHAT happens if we break spacetime?

    If we contract space in front of us, bringing it forward, we are essentially bringing forward everything which occupies that space as well. How do we navigate around celestial bodies?

    Lastly, how do large geometrical distortions affect this drive? Or how would the drive affect them? I would imagine engaging the drive near Earth, for example, may cause some significant issues.

  8. Tom

    65000 RPM and beyond…byyyyyyyee,byyyyyyye

  9. Einstein or Pointcare?

  10. “Therefore the craft itself does not have to travel at the speed of light from it’s own type of propulsion system.”

    • sc

      Grammar nazi

  11. Check your grammar! There is no possessive apostrophe with “its” (or any pronoun). There is always a possessive apostrophe when dealing with things that belong to people (like Einstein’s field equations).

  12. I think we will learn how to send data–information–FTL before we learn how to or can afford to send living beings. The implications of sending data FTL could be pretty significant.

  13. I have been writing about this sine the 80’s and have been called Kook so many times I can’t count it… But to give a explanation of why the standard model of physics needs to reconsidered …http://www.4shared.com/office/uYtj2iCx/Postulate_Updated.html

  14. Damn it! A page and a half explaining a concept I already understand and only one line about the actual test! How are they testing it! Where! When! Who’s working on it! Is this all still secret or something. I’ve got space travel blue balls here!

  15. Mix emotions, if they find the way around this it would be awesome. The people who is finding the way to make this possible is not that awesome. I just can’t imagine what they would do to a planet they don’t think are a part of. I am almost 100% sure that what we fear the most of aliens visitng us, is the fear of what we would do ourselves in the same situation. I don’t know if I should be feeling glad or sad about this news.

    • Marjeta Vakar Manfreda Bissue

      Ja, it could be the pont, interesting. Thanks for this.

  16. Greghal

    Look at Roschin and Goidin USSR and the SEARL Effect. Or 0 point field…

  17. Futurama?

  18. Working on it!
    I should say they are!
    It’s already done, but the bed-bugs we call guvs and their usury bosses don’t want to go the way of the dinosaur quite yet. Ha!

    However, that’s exactly where they’re headed … WITHIN 2-5 yrs … !

    And NASA has been given this technology for free, by the way, to work it up as best they can before the people of Earth inherit it via conversion to ‘open-source’ knowledge in just over 1 year.

    http://keshefoundation.org

  19. Bill

    Einstein’s E=MC2 only means a object of mass cannot travel, in normal circumstances, faster than light. It does not preclude traveling faster than the speed of light ‘Somehow.’ Wormholes, space-folding etc all ok.. There is some very interesting Russian research that questions Einsteins Theory. A propelled object spinning at 25,000 rpm actually loses weight. I’ve done the reading, if you are interested research it. No hints…

    • I’m a layman, but I think a simpler explanation is that nothing can travel faster than light in its own frame of reference. There are examples of “apparent” FTL. The time dilation effects someone would experience traveling close to the speed of light would allow then to travel thousands of light years in a few years (their perspective) due to time dilation. If you are on a ship traveling at those speeds, it appears (to you) as though you are traveling FTL.

  20. vin

    of course, average people will not be able to ride it any time soon…

  21. Inogen MacKenzie

    Well of COURSE they are working on this! We didn’t get where we are today, by sticking to the ‘rules’! I wonder if it IS possible? What an exciting time!

    • Would you really want to when it is a brand new science?

    • james

      are you insane? take a look around. you think were gunna get to see any of this stuff? the world as we know it wont exist 7 or so years from now. and in that time there are going to be wars all over the globe. im looking forward to what comes after wnen we have everlasting existance. unfortunately not everyone gets a peice of that promis cos they were too greedy in life.

      • Cai

        Where do you get your timeline from? lol

        • hahahahaha I was just thinking the same thing!! lol

        • me too
          , my guess religious delusions.

      • Hm so you say the world is going to be a waste land with in a few years? Well we might have wars that will end up in the hole world will join in. But it will be for natural res and wather not oil or gas. And that evelasting bit you type hold that for church will you, That is like the even so funny but stupid that god is comming to get the right once at jugdment day. Well Odin Call me at my days end that am sure of.

      • CrucialDebtCrusher

        Nah man.. we have the internet now. It’s really hard to get everyone on the same page for a cause because anyone can obtain a voice. I don’t think it will be as easy to provoke the entire world to war as it was in bygone broadcast society.

        • I agree, it seems as though we are further from nuclear war than we were in the 50’s-70’s. There is something to be said about mutually assured destruction. A nuke has not been used against humans since we lost our unilateral nuclear capabilities.

      • Bill

        Stop with the negative vibes man,
        suck to be you I guess

      • word toyomama

        people have been saying the world will end shortly since probably forever. There is no end, there is only transformation. things will not happen as you expect they will most certainly and we may even be pleasantly surprised.

      • Bob

        >Call someone crazy
        >”We’re all gonna die in World War III in seven years”

        Makes perfect sense.

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