Warp Drive may be more than just Science Fiction
How cool is that!? The more advanced in technology our society becomes the more things once thought as pure science fiction could be achievable.
The image above looks a little silly. I get they wanted to show the concept as a football shaped craft but I don’t think they need to add the laces.
Space.com has more, well they have all of the story actually. I’m just spreading the love.
A warp drive would manipulate space-time itself to move a starship, taking advantage of a loophole in the laws of physics that prevent anything from moving faster than light. A concept for a real-life warp drive was suggested in 1994 by Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre, however subsequent calculations found that such a device would require prohibitive amounts of energy.
An Alcubierre warp drive would involve a football-shape spacecraft attached to a large ring encircling it. This ring, potentially made of exotic matter, would cause space-time to warp around the starship, creating a region of contracted space in front of it and expanded space behind. [Star Trek's Warp Drive: Are We There Yet? | Video]
Meanwhile, the starship itself would stay inside a bubble of flat space-time that wasn’t being warped at all.