Space, the final frontier

Space, the final frontier

NASA engineer and physicist Harold White announced a few years ago that he was working on a potentially groundbreaking idea that could allow space travel faster than the speed of light. Yes, like in “Star Trek.” More »

These are the upcoming voyages of the Starship Enterprise.

These are the upcoming voyages of the Starship Enterprise.

And now, to boldly go where no designer has gone before, Mark Rademaker — who is collaborating with White — has created a CGI design concept for the “warp ship.” They’re calling it the IXS Enterprise. More »

On a 10-year mission to complete in our lifetime.

On a 10-year mission to complete in our lifetime.

“We wanted to have a decent image of a theory conforming Warp ship to motivate young people to pursue a STEM career,” Rademaker said in an e-mail interview. “It does have some Sci-Fi features that might never transfer to a possible final design unless we really want to.” More »

To explore strange new worlds.

To explore strange new worlds.

A warp ship such as the IXS Enterprise could allow travel to interstellar space in a matter of weeks rather than, say, centuries. And the science behind why it might be possible is truly mind-boggling. More »

To seek out new life and new civilizations.

To seek out new life and new civilizations.

An over-simplified explanation is that the concept seeks to exploit a “loophole” in Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity that allows travel faster than the speed of light by expanding space-time behind the object and contracting space-time front of it. More »

To boldly go where no man has gone before.

To boldly go where no man has gone before.

White, whose title is “Advanced Propulsion Theme Lead for the NASA Engineering Directorate,” has mathematically calculated a plausible way to accomplish this using far less energy than required by the original theory, which was proposed in 1994 by physicist Miguel Alcubierre. More »

 

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By Abby Phillip | Washington Post June 11, 2014 “Warp speed, Mr. Sulu” (courtesy of Mark Rademaker/Flickr) Yes! Engineer an Enterprise like in “Star Trek.” NASA engineer and physicist Harold White announced a few years ago that he was working on