Nuclear fusion reactions sparked by beams of antimatter could be propelling ultra-fast spaceships on long journeys before the end of the century, researchers say.
A fusion-powered spacecraft could reach Jupiter within four months, potentially opening up parts of the outer solar system to manned exploration.
In the above picture, isn't that a Vulcan space ship? When did the Vulcans get to Earth? Why is Earth science being led to the cosmos via a fictional character by their fictional warp going space ship?
But despite all what I just said, I do hope we soon develop the ability to travel the stars! That would be so so cool-able!;)
Sheesh, summarize this! Gotta be the longest article I've ever read.
Fusion is almost here! The ITER facility is on schedule to achieve first plasma by 2019! A nuclear power generation method that cannot be effectively weaponized.
Make up your mind! This is a fusion drive triggered by antimatter. At best a "fusion" of the two but really it has to be called a fusion drive as that is what creates the usable energy.
Sounds good but I think we'll have regular fusion power by then. No need for the trillion dollar extra frill even if it sounds cool.
Let’s assume all your worries and concerns are solved. I just like to know what happens to all warp travelers, if the ship suddenly loses power and all the personnel going flying forward at warp speed against the interior wall, should the engine suddenly shut down.
Talk about bug goo on the inside of the windshield, yuck!
Besides, traveling at warp speed, would we humans be strung out in a single line of atoms? What’s to assume we will reassemble correctly, once the space ship even gently slows down. Perhaps we all end up a pile of spaghetti on the floor!
Yup, me things there is a few more variables to figure out.
You are assuming the ship has to have forward inertia in order to warp to another location. Since the idea is hypothetical to begin with, and since the warp bubble - around normal space - is what is pulling the craft (and pulling the normal space) forward, it could be that returning to normal space through loss of power would leave you with zero inertia.
Then again as you suggested you could enter normal space at a velocity faster than the speed of light which would probably be worse than a car hitting a wall of water.
Alternatively, maybe space folding like on BSG would be the discovered mode of FTL travel.
That's the idea. Zero inertia through warping spacetime. That's what it is in BSG and Star Trek. That's what Hyperspace is in Star Wars and Stargate. Expending tremendous amounts of energy to warp space and move from point A to point B instead of tremendous amounts of energy to push a drive faster than the speed of light.
This concept however utilizes the principle of fusion energy (by way of antimatter) to generate massive acceleration over shorter cosmic distances, such as our solar neighborhood. The implications of this article are not intended towards a concept for FTL stellar travel.