So, yesterday I read that NASA is actually starting to work on making this happen:
Via Gizmodo: (emphasis added)
“Perhaps a Star Trek experience within our lifetime is not such a remote possibility.” These are the words of Dr. Harold “Sonny” White, the Advanced Propulsion Theme Lead for the NASA Engineering Directorate. Dr. White and his colleagues don’t just believe a real life warp drive is theoretically possible; they’ve already started the work to create one.
And, while I’d like to be terrifically excited about this, the news is so WAY out there, so theoretical, so science fictiony, that I just can’t summon the enthusiasm.
First of all, what the HELL does “skunkworks” mean?! (emphasis added)
Working at NASA Eagleworks—a skunkworks operation deep at NASA’s Johnson Space Center…
Ok, so I found out what it means, and I guess it’s important that skunkworks operations happen “deep” at the space center, because, I don’t know, stuff might blow up?
Next, can anyone read the following and NOT suspect that this Dr. White guy is just stealing lines of dialogue from, Scotty or Geordi:
Dr. White’s team is trying to find proof of those loopholes. They have “initiated an interferometer test bed that will try to generate and detect a microscopic instance of a little warp bubble” using an instrument called the White-Juday Warp Field Interferometer…
By creating one of these warp bubbles, the spaceship’s engine will compress the space ahead and expand the space behind, moving it to another place without actually moving, and carrying none of the adverse effects of other travel methods. According to Dr. White, “by harnessing the physics of cosmic inflation, future spaceships crafted to satisfy the laws of these mathematical equations may actually be able to get somewhere unthinkably fast—and without adverse effects.”…
The Eagleworks team has discovered that the energy requirements are much lower than previously thought. If they optimize the warp bubble thickness and “oscillate its intensity to reduce the stiffness of space time,”
Oh, right! Cosmic inflation! Oscillating the intensity of the warp bubble thickness! Of course!
Really, Dr. White? In our lifetime?
…um, wait a minute, maybe…