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Old 09-01-2010, 02:07 AM
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The combination of Mass Effect and Avatar has got me thinking about space travel and how we could do it.

The big thing everyone wants to do is to travel the speed of light. But the reality of it is. That's no where near good enough. Even that fast, do we want to wait 6 years to get to nearby solar systems. Or 1000's of years to do some real exploration? The answer is no. We need to go 10's even hundreds of times faster than the speed of light.

Is it possible? Perhaps. They do it in the movies right? J/K

But that is what we should be striving for. What we will do is spend years and years attempting to reach the speed of light only to discover that we are still going to be floating in space for a long time and may never find anything.

There has to be a way to get something to travel faster than light. There are forces at work in the universe that we know of that is more powerful than light. Like black holes. Such mass that light gets sucked into it.


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Old 09-01-2010, 04:14 AM
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What we need is a form of teleportation. Let's see where DARPA takes their plans with it...
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:56 AM
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Star Trek isn't so fiction as it is science. Warp Drive utilizes the fabric of spacetime to move many times the speed of light while still obeying the law that nothing can go faster than it.

FTL is impossible directly, let's face it. Warp Drive actually makes space in front of the ship shorter while compensating by making space longer behind the ship. The overall effect is the motion of the ship even though it isn't technically moving, only space is.

Obviously, there's a catch. In order to bend space you're going to need dark matter (or another dense material) and dark energy, both theoretical objects. Also the energy required is phenomenal.
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Or 1000's of years to do some real exploration? The answer is no. We need to go 10's even hundreds of times faster than the speed of light.

Is it possible? Perhaps. They do it in the movies right? J/K.

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The problem is the energy required. ISV Venture Star would need around as much power during acceleration as the entire Earth receives from the sun. This acceleration phase would last for six months!

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Old 09-02-2010, 03:07 AM
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Why stop there?

Aihwa, you play EVE... stargates are an obvious way, and certainly at least theoretically possible
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