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Slowing down from "Warp Speed" could be a real killer

6 comments, 370 views, posted 12:17 am 02/03/2012 in Sci-Fi, Science & Space by aion_z
aion_z has 16314 posts, 4309 threads, 466 points, location: New Krypton
Oh, hell yeah...

Warp speed? Slowing down could be a real killer

Planning a little space travel to see some friends on Kepler 22b? Thinking of trying out your newly-installed FTL3000 Alcubierre Warp Drive to get you there in no time? Better not make it a surprise visit — your arrival may end up disintegrating anyone there when you show up.
“Warp” technology and faster-than-light (FTL) space travel has been a staple of science fiction for decades. The distances in space are just so vast, and planetary systems — even within a single galaxy — are spaced so far apart, that such a concept is needed to make casual human exploration feasible. The concept also caters to the comforts of people’s imagination: Nobody wants to think about Kirk and Spock bravely going to some alien planet while everyone they’ve ever known dies of old age!\

While many factors involving FTL travel are purely theoretical — and may remain in the realm of imagination for a very long time, perhaps forever — there are some concepts that play well with currently-accepted physics.
The Alcubierre warp drive is one of those concepts.

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1:10 am 02/03/2012

Rosie

Inertia is not your friend.

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3:24 am 02/03/2012

Quaektem

That's what inertial dampeners are for... duh!

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3:43 am 02/03/2012

Flee

Quote by Quaektem:
That's what inertial dampeners are for... duh!


Winner! Every FTL ship in any sci-fi shows has these.... even in Stargate.

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3:45 am 02/03/2012

Flee

Quote:
“Any people at the destination,” the team’s paper concludes, “would be gamma ray and high energy particle blasted into oblivion due to the extreme blueshifts for [forward] region particles.”

In Star Trek they noted they don't "warp" into a solar system, but come out of warp speed outside the system and use "impulse" power the res of the way. This got mostly ignored in later episodes/movies, though.

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1:56 pm 02/03/2012

griffonner

What about using Einstein-Rosen bridges, instead?

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2:04 pm 02/03/2012

cyvoid

That is the one thing I really hated about the new star trek movie. earth to vulcan in 3 minutes. please.

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