A recent article posted to the Discovery.com website tells of a recent shake up in the work being done to make faster-than-light travel possible in reality than stay in science fiction.
Click on the link below to go to the actual article. I will quote a few statements from that article below as well.
Quote: "There is hope," Harold "Sonny" White of NASA's Johnson Space Center said Friday (Sept. 14) at the 100 Year Starship Symposium, a meeting to discuss the challenges of interstellar spaceflight.
Miguel Alcubierre proposed a football shape spacecraft with a flat ring of exotic matter that can create a space-time bubble aorund it. And that bubble would contract space-time ahead of the ship and expand it behind the vessel causing it to travel faster-than-light without breaking the laws of physics to do so. But the energy needed to create that space-time bubble was to great - until now. Such FTL travel would give the vessel the "effective speed of about 10 times the speed of light.
But HaroldWhite calculated that if the flat ring was instead more of a donut shape ring around said spacecraft, the energy requirements drop. Plus, the intensity of the space warps could be oscillated over time - and that reduces the energy requirements even more.
Quote: "The findings I presented today change it from impractical to plausible and worth further investigation," White told SPACE.com. "The additional energy reduction realized by oscillating the bubble intensity is an interesting conjecture that we will enjoy looking at in the lab."
White and his team have begun experimenting with a mini version of their warp drive system theory.
Calling it the "White-Juday Warp Field Interferometer", the lab is located at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas.
And the final quote from this article: "We're trying to see if we can generate a very tiny instance of this in a tabletop experiment, to try to perturb space-time by one part in 10 million," White said.
The White-Juday Warp Field (henseforth referred to as WJWF) generator could be about the size of the old Voyager 1 space probe that was launched by NASA in 1977.
1. Discovery.com. "THE WARP DRIVE COULD BECOME SCIENCE FACT" by Clara Moskowitz. September 17, 2012. (http://news.discovery.com/space/warp-drive-possible-nasa-tests-100yss-120917.html).
2. Vulcan space ship images off the internet. Hallmark Christmas ornament.(http://images.replacements.com/images/images5/china/C/hallmark_star_trek_enterprise_no_box_P0000446232S0001T2.jpg). And from this website (http://star-trek.fl-ink.com/st-album1.htm).
Anyone who follows my blog will get the impression that I like the idea of airships (and they would be correct), and will support their re-introduction back into our commercial/military aviation arenas.
I have been a life long fanatic for aviation and space related subjects since my parents took me out to a airshow when I was four or five years old.
Solo in a Cessna 150/152 in college, but never was able to get my Private Pilot's license. Love to fly whenever I get a chance to. Until recently, I was into radio control model airplanes. Had to sell them off due to current fincial times.
As for UFOS, I have seen them since the 7th grade. But I haven't witness any more since I turned 30 something - or paid attention enough to see them I should say.
After the Death of Barney Hill, Betty was returning home one night from visiting his grave and she looked up into the night time sky to see a light getting bigger and bigger.
For more details, please read the excellant book CAPTURED! by Stanton T. Friedman, MSc., and Kathleen Marden. This particular encounter one must read directly.
As for the drawing itself, it is done in pencil in a regualr size 8 x 11 size sketchbook. I have been meeaning to post this for months now and finally got around to scanning it and uploading it to the blog on May 29, 2009.