Tarry for the Nonce

January 5, 2006

Ahead, Warp Five

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 7:32 pm

The U.S. government is developing a warp engine:

The hypothetical device, which has been outlined in principle but is based on a controversial theory about the fabric of the universe, could potentially allow a spacecraft to travel to Mars in three hours and journey to a star 11 light years away in just 80 days, according to a report in today’s New Scientist magazine . . .

The US air force has expressed an interest in the idea and scientists working for the American Department of Energy – which has a device known as the Z Machine that could generate the kind of magnetic fields required to drive the engine – say they may carry out a test if the theory withstands further scrutiny.

Sweet.

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4 Comments

  1. Now, if we could only perfect the actual spaceships….

    I’ll definitely save up to get one of those…perhaps one day we’ll all be going to mars for the weekend…that would be well… adventurous, to say the least.

    Comment by Andrew P. — January 6, 2006 @ 3:35 pm

  2. Full speed ahead…

    Comment by Matt C. Abbott — January 7, 2006 @ 1:12 am

  3. I would just like to state my preference that women serving aboard any such spaceship wear Star Trek uniforms.

    Thank you.

    Comment by Toly — January 7, 2006 @ 1:17 pm

  4. Professor Jochem Hauser, one of the scientists who put forward the idea, told The Scotsman that if everything went well a working engine could be tested in about five years.

    The Scotsman?

    verrrrrrrrrry interesting……….

    “I’m giving her all she’s got, Captain!”

    Comment by auntlori — January 7, 2006 @ 6:45 pm


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