For most of the attendees at the conference, advances in manned space exploration have been frustratingly slow in coming. Despite billions of dollars spent over the last few decades, space agencies aren't capable of much more than they were in the 1960s. They may be capable of less. 100 Year Starship intends to accelerate the process of interstellar travel by identifying and developing promising technologies.
Over the course of several days, attendees could join symposia on such exotic topics as organ regeneration and organized religion aboard a starship. One of the most anticipated presentations was titled "Warp Field Mechanics 102," given by Harold "Sonny" White of NASA. A nine-year agency veteran, White runs the advanced propulsion program at Johnson Space Center (JSC), down the road from the Hyatt. Along with five others, he recently co-authored the agency's 16-year "In-Space Propulsion Systems Roadmap," which outlines NASA's goals for the future of space travel. The plan calls for all manner of propulsion projects from improved chemical rockets to far-forward systems like antimatter and nuclear engines. White's particular area of research is perhaps the most far-forward of them all: warp drive.
Put plainly, warp drive would permit faster-than-light travel. It is, most assume, impossible, a clear violation of Einstein's theory of general relativity. White says otherwise. For half an hour at the symposium, he outlined the physics of a potential warp drive—walking attendees through things like Alcubierre bubbles and hyperspace oscillations. He explained how he'd recently computed theoretical results that could pave the way for an actual warp drive and that he was commencing physical tests in his NASA lab, which he calls Eagleworks.
It almost goes without saying that functional warp drive would have tremendous implications for space travel. It would free explorers not only from Earth's orbit, but from the entire solar system. Instead of taking 75,000 years to get to Alpha Centauri, the star system nearest to our own, warp-equipped astronauts, White says, could make the trip in two weeks.
In the wake of the shuttle program's termination and given the increasing role of private industry in low-Earth orbit flights, NASA has said it will refocus on far-flung, audacious exploration, reaching far beyond the rather provincial boundary of the moon. But it can only reach those goals if it develops new propulsion systems—the faster the better. A few days after the 100 Year Starship gathering, the head of NASA, Charles Bolden, echoed White's remarks. "One of these days, we want to get to warp speed," he said. "We want to go faster than the speed of light, and we don't want to stop at Mars."
The real reason Sonny White can't get into why the capacitor ring generates negative or exotic matter is that he would have to give credit to a non-NASA scientist by the name of Jim Woodward to do so. Woodward has been working on developing the "Mach Effect", which seeks to use the ability of capacitors to vary their mass based on their charge to exploit a loophole in the law of inertia, aka Mach's Principle. The capacitor ring was actually designed by Woodward, but White can't give credit to the creator of the actual test article, because he's trying to create his own theory for why it works, so he can steal the idea and stamp his own name on it.
The capacitor ring used in White's Warp-field interferometer experiment does not rely on Woodward's Mach-Effect (M-E) mass fluctuations for its function. In fact it is currently being driven by high voltage dc, which just creates a steady-state E-field based torodial energy distribution in the cap-ring capaitor's high-K dielectric. This torodial energy concentraion in turn creates a VERY SMALL spherical spacetime distorion field around the cap ring that Dr. White hopes to measure using his red laser interferometer. As to who designed and built this cap-ring for this experiment, it was Paul March who works for Dr. White in the NASA/JSC Eagleworks Lab.
As I was reading this article I realized this was the April issue. The more I read, the more I had trouble putting the thought out of my mind that this was a clever attempt at an April Fools' hoax.
Go back to magnets and gravity, when you understand this your answer may come about
APRIL 1st 2013, 11:11am
The four above comments are posted prior to today article posting. AMAZING!
Wow, sorry Anylcon, I just reported your comment because I read Reply to this comment XD I guess I'm a little more sick than I thought 0_o But yeah, I saw that too. I guess they're from the future and used a warp drive and got threw back in time by accident...
My above comment did not mean to indicate anything really negative to the article, since this article speaks about warm speed and time travel. The above 4 comments with the article in mind was rather funny! I suppose a person did not like my observation of the 4 prior comments, lol, oh well. Excuse me for reading the article and paying attention to the comments.
Note to all:
I thoroughly enjoy that paulmarch66 explains that the builder and designer of White's project is Paul March. I do not believe this to be a coincidence. If true, nice work, Paul! We are rooting for you!
Oh please say it ain't so! I was getting my hopes up. :(
“The nation that controls magnetism will control the universe”
Of course the real problem is that, ever since science offered up itself for money, a lot of science, popular or not, is a joke.
Ummm Popsci could you offer some clarification if you are kidding us? Seriously it is April 1 so i am somewhat skeptical. If you aren't kidding us, thats awesome. If you are... happy April Fools!
anyone else notice that paulmarch66 addressed mlorrey as "Mike"? Just a thought. I would probably have to say they are all PopSci employees or people involved in making the article, how else would they be able to post something before it was released online. I've also noticed that the few times I've also been told about some magazine content before that didn't make online until about 2-3 weeks later. the article being the one on the Italian physicist who claims to have achieved cold fusion
Why are there nondisclosure issues with taxpayer-supported NASA science? Military applications?
And FYI, for those wondering if this is an April 1 joke, I was reading about this guy some weeks ago about his work on the Alcubierre drive. Probably a Google search will come up with previous articles.
check this out on mike lorrey
sorry it's a reply to mike lorrey's email to some andrew, still interesting though
OK, here's an article from 11/26/12:
As weird as this sounds and the fact that it was posted 4/1 it actually is a real project at NASA.
Look at the "Faster-Than-Light Drive" article on PopSci. It has the same occurrence of before April posts. Actually all 9 of the posts as of right now were posted before today and all but one were posted by the same guy.
So he hasn`t even tested anything, his idea depend on many unknowns yet he claims to be on the verge of faster then light travel. NASA can`t even launch astronauts anymore. The US has lost the race in particle physics to Europe with CERN yet the claims and paper projects at NASA are becoming ever bigger while budgets are getting cut. And i have seen to many NASA projects fail overtime. From a return to the moon to a manned mission to Mars under Bush to many replacement over the years for the Space Shuttle. They all failed and were abandoned.
Faster then light travel is such an extreme project and would require so many physical breakthroughs let alone centuries of development. They have been working on Fusion energy for a hundred years yet the best project the ITER Fusion reactor in France is still 15 years away from coming online. CERN is the biggest producer of antimatter and the biggest researcher on antimatter and they don`t have anything that could get large scale production. Now if you want to power a faster then light spacecraft you would certainly also need huge amounts of energy. THIS in itself would require massive advancements in Fusion or matter antimatter energy sources to make it work and then downsize it considerable.
Again; That is assuming you can get all the physics right in the first place. Let alone needing artificial gravity to keep passenger having a healthy trip. Engineering wise it would cost hundreds of times the cost of a human mars mission and we can not even get that of the ground after 50 years of trying.
So please just keep working on getting the physics right and go from there. CERN has 10.000+ physicists and a massive research budget. Yet this man knows more without any tests!!! Let alone actual peer reviewed papers (and certainly noble prizes)! Please Stop making outlandish claims because i will not see faster then light travel in my lifetime. Unless perhaps i take the Eric Cartman route and i freeze myself and they can unfreeze me in the future.
Funny article with a hint of truth to confuse the readers of it being a real\serious article, and an April FOOLS joke and having 4 comments prior to April 1st via time travel, funny funny!
To all those who laugh and say its impossible I would watch my words carefully. Many times in the past when the majority said something was impossible they were wrong. Yes this seems far fetched but so did space flight less than a hundred years ago. They even thought the sound barrier could not be broken. I'm a firm believer that superluminal flight is possible, will it be challenging most definitely, All I'm saying is the science of the present is not set in stone. It always confused me why so many would almost get angry at the thought that it could be possible as if they want it to be impossible. We need more dreamers, people with child like imaginations not a bunch of stubborn old thinkiers so afraid of failure that they stay stagnent in their ways. Could this man be wrong, yes but he's brave enough to try the impossible. Where would we be without people like that, people crazy enough to think they can change the world. I don't know about you guys but I'm rooting for him, I hope he rattles the very foundation of modern physics.
" I think therefore I am"
note the date of the article September 18th, 2012 I doubt this is an april fools joke 7 months in the making...
" I think therefore I am"
Interesting thoughts, warp speed. Makes me think about how this might relate to the age of the universe. Perhaps our universe is not even close to the largeness of age we give it. Maybe this gives some clues about how the universe was spread out in its beginning, and this whether we can ever make it work for ourselves.
i prefer people like E.Musk whos working at 200% for near term "impossible" accomplishments
No facts, No response...
What a shameful waste of time and money. Shut this nonsense down now and start doing real work.
HAHAHAHA Look up Bob Lazar u idiots .... see the truth.
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Comment 30. Made you look, lol.
“We already have the means to travel among the stars, but these technologies are locked up in black projects, and it would take an act of God to ever get them out to benefit humanity. Anything you can imagine, we already know how to do.”
Ben Rich Lockheed Skunk Works director