Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Warp Drive Invented

Money quote:
What the scientists were able to estimate was the amount of energy necessary, if the technology was available, to change these dimensions: about 10^45 joules.

"That's about the amount of energy you'd get if you converted the entire mass of Jupiter into pure energy via E = mc^2," said Cleaver, an energy far beyond anything humanity can currently envision creating.
A bit of a disadvantage, that. More at Discovery News.

Meanwhile Rockets and Such shows how I was too optimistic in my prediction that the USA will have
no manned space program for 10 years (apart from uncrewed ARES I shots to work out the bugs in the spacecraft, not the booster
. The proof-of-principle ARES-1 shot scheduled to impress Congress is turning out to be a schlemozzle too.

All is not lost though :
Virgin Galactic rolled out its White Knight Two aircraft, which is designed to loft the planned tourist spacecraft, SpaceShipTwo to an altitude of fifty thousand feet before launching it on suborbital flights with two pilots and six paying customers.
The White Knight Two aircraft, dubbed Eve in honor of Richard Branson's mother, is the world's largest all carbon composite built aircraft and has a wing space of 140 feet. White Knight Two has a maximum altitude of fifty thousand feet and can fly nonstop coast to coast across the United States. White Knight Two is powered by four Pratt and Whitney PW308A engines. White Knight Two is approximately the size of a World War II era B 29 bomber.


Anonymous said...

By the time they have the power source to drive it, it'll be right up there with phlogiston as far as the science of that distant time is concerned....

Battybattybats said...

If i'm not mistaken the ship illustration they are using in the warp drive article is the Negh'Var partway down the page)...

Interesting that they use the Flagship of the Klingon Empire instead of the Enterprise, the star trek ship that most people would think of when talking about warp drive.

Is there some subtle comment about the nature of our future they expect?

Viagra Online said...

That idea is too ambitious because I have some doubts it being possible, because it could be so hard to converting the entire mass of Jupiter into pure energy via E = mc^2, so I think it would be incredible.