Presentation on theme: "Warp Drive Propulsion Theory"— Presentation transcript:
1 Warp Drive Propulsion Theory John L. CarrascoAstronomy 30807 August 2006
2 Space: The Final Frontier… Man has always dreamed of exploring space.The Mercury and Apollo missions took us farther than ever dreamed possible.But what of our space accomplishments lately….The Space Shuttle, deep space probes, but little else.
3 What is limiting our exploration? Certainly not imagination.Probes and satellite imagery continue to explore far beyond our Solar System.What is limiting us?Our present technology…Time Constraints…Finances…
4 The reality of space travel (In today’s terms) ExpensiveFuel and training do not come cheapTechnology and TimeClosest star: Proxima Centauri (at 4.2 Light Years distance).At a speed of 150,000 MPH, it would still take almost 18,000 years to reach Proxima Centauri.The space shuttle maxes out at a “robust” 25,404 feet/second. Still too slow…
5 What is there to be done?... “Mr. Scott, warp speed…” But what is warp speed?Who created the idea?Is it even possible?
6 The Problem with Faster than Light Travel Einstein and the Theory of General Relativity.E=Mc^2Why faster than light travel is impossible with our current means of propulsion (minus wormholes).As speed increases, energy demands increase. Mass (of the vehicle) also increases.Both mass and fuel demand will eventually increase to infinity, making propelling a vehicle faster than light impossible.
7 The Alcubierre Drive Miguel Alcubierre Mexican physicistProposed a method of faster than light travel that could be a “solution” for Einstein’s General Relativity.Commonly referred to as the “Alcubierre Drive” or “warp drive.”
8 The basics of the Alcubierre “Warp Drive” 1994 Journal of Classical and Quantum GravityThe ship would ride along space inside a warp bubble.Since the ship itself is not moving, it is not subject to the rules of general relativity.
10 The Alcubierre Drive, continued 1994 Journal of Classical and Quantum Gravity (continued).A method of stretching space in a wave, causing the space “ahead” of a spacecraft to contract.It would also cause the space “behind” the spacecraft to expand.
12 Science Fiction meets Science Fact (sort of…) The Star Trek Franchise.The Contemporary Warp Scale (according to Star Trek).The speeds achieved by the vehicles (“starships”) are faster than anything today…But still slow enough to allow space to remain large and mysterious.“…to boldly go where no one has gone before…”
13 The Contemporary Warp Scale (continued) Warp Factor x c VelocityWarp c x10^5 km/sWarp c x10^6 km/sWarp c x10^7 km/sWarp c x10^7 km/sWarp c x10^7 km/sWarp c x10^8 km/sWarp c x10^8 km/sWarp , c x10^8 km/sWarp , c x10^8 km/sWarp , c x10^8 km/sWarp , c x10^8 km/sWarp , c x10^8 km/sWarp , c x10^9 km/sWarp , c x10^9 km/sLet c = the speed of light
15 How fast are these speeds? At Warp 1, you could reach the Moon (from the Earth) in 1.34 seconds!At Warp 2, you could travel across the Solar System in 1 hour!!At Warp 5, you could reach Proxima Centauri (nearest star) in 9 days!!!At Warp 9, Proxima Centauri is only 1 day away!!!!
16 Works Cited Alcubierre Drive The Warp Drive: hyper-fast travel within general relativityThe Contemporary Warp ScaleSci/Tech Warp Drive PossibleWarp Drive (Star Trek)