NASA Constructing the “Warp Drive” – Faster than Light Spacecraft

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NASA researchers are all set to encounter the light speed barrier. Warp Drive spaceship is being working on to move quicker than the speed of light. They have taken a challenge to bring Star Trek into realism.

NASA researcher Harold White proclaimed that he and his team are working to build warp drive spaceship that could travel at a speed faster than light. The concept went appalling the world as it defied the laws of physics. It is like going against the very well-known physics principles and acknowledged theories of researchers including Albert Einstein!

The theory of Special Relativity does not permit objects to move faster than the speed of light within spacetime. Light speed barrier is therefore termed. It needs energy to upsurge speed of moving objects. And to match the speed of light, it would need immeasurable sum of energy. Presence of negative energy is at present a topic of debate; and here we need a great quantity of negative energy environment about a moving spaceship.



NASA clarifies the concept of Alcubierre’s Warp drive through simple example moving sidewalks at airports. The idea is made analogous to walking on a moving sidewalk, if the sidewalk moves faster than one’s walk. This can be performed by contracting spacetime in front of the ship and expanding spacetime behind the ship.

What is all to overcome?

The necessity of negative energy is the main issue. The problem rising would be regulating an environment of negative energy and its effect which is distinct to the ship’s working. The condition in which ship would move is totally unknown i.e. warp bubble exceeding speed of light. Warp drive also recalls the time travel subjects as in case of Worm Hole transportation.

Mark Rademaker, artist, who worked with White in designing Warp drive ship explains that craft consists of main ship settled between two massive rings of negative energy which would develop the warp bubble. This new version of the ship is more compact and chunkier. According to Harold White, the design accounts for the predictions made according to mathematics of an Alcubierre warp drive currently.


NASA reflects the warp drive and faster-than-light travelling spaceships plans at a ‘speculation’ stage. The growth cycles of NASA define this to be an early stage for warp drive. It has only passed the preliminary ‘conjecture’ stage of development.

The whole idea of warp drive appears impossible to many, though, works of White have grabbed the consideration of researchers across the globe. Criticism and study may lead to positive outcomes. 

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