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January 5, 2006

Warp Drive

-- by Dave Johnson

What do you think about this? Welcome to Mars express: only a three hour trip,

The theoretical engine works by creating an intense magnetic field that, according to ideas first developed by the late scientist Burkhard Heim in the 1950s, would produce a gravitational field and result in thrust for a spacecraft.

Also, if a large enough magnetic field was created, the craft would slip into a different dimension, where the speed of light is faster, allowing incredible speeds to be reached. Switching off the magnetic field would result in the engine reappearing in our current dimension.

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Posted by Dave Johnson at January 5, 2006 2:07 PM

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is that the dimension where there are fewer republicans, allowing incredible progress to be achieved. Yeah, that one.

Posted by: richard [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 5, 2006 2:47 PM

Wasn't there a reporter who did an extensive article on the governments research into anti-gravity? I forget his name. I did a meandering search on this topic once and I came accross an article about how the Russians in co-operation with the US were developing a thruster that used electromagnetic fields for propulsion. I didn't save it unfortunately.

There is a lot of junk out there, but some intriguing tidbits too. Here is NASA's page on the warp drive.

Posted by: Brenda at January 5, 2006 2:56 PM

I like this line from the researcher:

"If the theory is correct then this is not science fiction, it is science fact."

Man. Can't argue with that logic. No wonder Dr. Strangl--er Hauser got the generals to give him tons of cash.

Posted by: mondo dentro at January 5, 2006 3:10 PM

As someone with a strong desire to see commercial space travel, the start of extraterrestrial terraforming and permanent offworld outposts in my lifetime, well, damn I hope that could work.

Posted by: natasha at January 5, 2006 4:20 PM

Will the first ship using this drive for a 'three hour" tour be named the Guppy?

On a more serious note, seeing so many super-drives over the years, like the 1950s era Dean Drive that may have been an inspiration for Star Trek's "impulse" drive (http://www.jerrypournelle.com/science/dean.html#deandrive), that I've now got an "I'm from Missouri" attitude.

Interesting theory, show me a working model and I'll buy it.

Posted by: RepubAnon [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 5, 2006 9:01 PM

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