Researchers at the NASA’s Johnson Space Center are convinced they can turn science fiction to fact and prove warp speed might someday be possible. To do this, they would need to break, or at least bend the rules of time and space famously laid out by Albert Einstein over 50-years ago. Undeterred, Dr. Harold G. White and his team have begun small-scale experiments using infinitesimally small photons that could have galactic sized ramifications for the future of space travel for mankind.
Dr. White, 43, is trying to manipulate or ‘warp’ the trajectory of a photon – put simply, he wants to see whether he can fold time and space around the photon to allow it to travel a greater distance, but at the same speed.
“Space has been expanding since the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago,” said Dr. White to the New York Times.
“And we know that when you look at some of the cosmology models, there were early periods of the universe where there was explosive inflation, where two points would’ve went receding away from each other at very rapid speeds.”
“Nature can do it. So the question is, can we do it?”
His theory was published in 1994 and involved enormous amounts of energy being used to expand and contract space itself – thereby generating a ‘warp bubble’ in which a spacecraft would travel.
Allowing space and time to act as the propellant by pulling the craft through the bubble, Dr. White explained it to the New York Times as stepping onto a moving walkway at an airport.
Despite Dr. Alcubierre stating his theory was simply conjecture, Dr. White thinks he and his team are edging towards making the realm of warp speed attainable.
NASA is cautiously supportive of Dr. White’s research with Steve Sich, the deputy director of engineering at the Johnson Space Center daying, “You always have to be looking towards the future.”
Holding up his iPhone, Sich said, “Forty years ago, this was Star Trek, Captain Kirk talking on a communicator whenever he wanted to. But today it exists because people made the battery technology that allows his device to exist, worked on the software technology, worked on the computational, the touch screen.”
Indeed, Richard Obousy, a supporter of the work of Dr. White says that more money should be put into developing the technology behind warp drives.
“At speeds larger than the speed of light, the front of the warp bubble cannot be reached by any signal from within the ship,” he said.
“This does not just mean we can’t turn it off; it is much worse. It means we can’t even turn it on in the first place.”
Original article Mail Online