NASA physicist Harold White told the world last fall that he was working to design a faster than light ship. For any Star Trek fans out there, that clearly translates to… Nasa is designing a warp capable ship. According to Star Trek lore, this ship should break the warp barrier in 2063 but perhaps things could progress faster than that… or perhaps not.
Whatever the speed Nasa reaches the ability to go faster than the speed of light, it appears that technology is heading in that direction. It also appears that more of Star Trek’s science fiction could become science fact. This doesn’t mean we will see the Enterprise looking just like the beautiful ships we grew up with. However, we can take a look at the Enterprise now as rendered by Mark Rademaker to see just what this faster than light ship could look like.
This video has White sharing how the whole thing would work. The information about this ship in particular begins just after the 41 minute mark.
And since it is the Enterprise we can’t forget this scene:
[Tweet “Are we looking at a future of boldly going where no one has gone before?”]Are we looking at a future of boldly going where no one has gone before? It seems like that is a distinct possibility. However, there will always be this one big hangup… the almighty dollar… or if we are sticking with Star Trek, the almighty credit. There will have to be a public desire for this to happen. Does that desire currently exist? It’s currently hard to tell but only time will tell… unless Kirk warps around the sun and comes back to save some whales and Scotty helps push things along a bit with the warp drive project. If that doesn’t happen, we’ll have to watch and wait as more money is thrown at more projects to discover how to break the speed of light and send the Enterprise someday on her first five year mission.
If you would like more information on this project, there is a fascinating article that can be found here that goes into the science of it all.
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