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Warp Speed, Scotty? Star Trek's FTL Drive May Actually Work

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  1. Sasqui

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    http://www.space.com/21140-star-trek-warp-drive-possible.html

    I'm sure this has been posted at some point here before...

     
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    It's all fine for as long as the first FTL flight doesn't end up as with Event Horizon and Von Braun/Rickenbacker...
     
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    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

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    Bad article. Too much pop culture, not enough science.

    Also, I immedietly thought about folding space (from Dune).

    Also Star Trek is extremely overrated.
     
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    Is there actually any Star Trek tech that may actually _not_ work ? Hmm transporter maybe .. anything else?

    Alcubierre Drive requires negative energy, more energy than available in the universe, violates causality
     
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    Food replicators :p
     
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    fill 3d printer with food, done
     
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    I think it will work and the paradoxes resolved, but I reckon that a functioning warp drive spaceship is a good 100 years out.

    So for us, we'll have to just keep dreaming. ;)
     
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    Haha, W1zz hijacked your thread with a Tractor Beam!
     
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    Massive amounts of energy are required...like the power output of an average star...
    Either to create the theoretical exotic matter that might allow for an Alcubierre Drive or to just brute force it.

    Still, it would be cool.
     
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    Data. The AI will kill us long before we perfect it like that.
     
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    Well, indeed it sounds like something that would cost way too much energy to accomplish at the moment.

    However, you do not then factor in the fact that we might find ways to manipulate spacetime, which could greatly lessen the energy needed for such a thing.
    Just think of an ordinary light bulb, and then compare that to LED's, or the upcoming LET's.

    I'm not saying it'll ever get easy, but remarks like "We'll never have enough energy", to me sound a bit like "Computers will never get smaller than a 3x3x3M room".


    One of the things I find truly implausible, and probably never possible, is the way the com system works, without people having implants, or telepathy. They always say something like, "Picard to doctor Crusher", which the receiving person then instantly hears, even the part where Picard has only said, "Picard". How the hell did the "computer" know which person to route the call to before the caller has even mentioned the receiving person? =D

    I know I know :p
     
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    It's called record the message first, scan it, find out who it's intended for, and reply it back on an open channel. Ta-da! Done!
     
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    I doubt that's what it called, furthermore, there is no time for recording and scanning in instant messaging.

    I know there can be all sorts of explanations, but none of them can truly clarify exactly how it works in its current(star trek universe) form. I just wanted to make a point :p
     
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    Cubert J. Farnsworth: I understand how the engines work now. It came to me in a dream. The engines don't move the ship at all. The ship stays where it is, and the engines move the universe around it.
     
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    Oh and Holo Deck?
     
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    Says you!

    Laws of physics? I never studied law.
     

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