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[–] tentonaraft 4 points 16 points (+20|-4) ago  (edited ago)

If I'm understanding this right, we may have figured out how to possibly make a warp drive, but have no idea how the Heck we did it. EDIT: Apparently this isn't warp drive.


[–] Del_Taco 0 points 35 points (+35|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Maybe not a warp drive, but sure as hell one that doesn't need any propellant. Even if it only works in vacuum/orbit/up there, think about the possibilities for orbital construction of stations and of much larger craft.

A continuous thrust vehicle could achieve some pretty serious speeds, too.


[–] 3081117? 0 points 19 points (+19|-0) ago 

Two possibilities come to mind for propulsion even at this low of speed:

  1. We could put it on every satellite we launch from here on out and never have to worry about deteriorating orbits. Every orbit could be adjustable indefinitely.

  2. We could create unmanned garbage scows to clean up the debris floating around our planet.

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[–] iamrage 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Even better, satellites that can be positioned to any location at any time without having to worry about using up all the fuel in it.


[–] roznak 8 points -5 points (+3|-8) ago 

e=mc^2 so energy can converted into mass and be sued to eject.

It is also not a free energy device, it can only power small crafts. Only useful in deep space and with big enough solar panels near the Sun.


[–] roznak 5 points 7 points (+12|-5) ago 

It is not a warp drive. You can't get faster than light.

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[–] Derecho 3 points 13 points (+16|-3) ago 

Actually, it might be.

There was a measurement in the last round of testing that showed particles of light exiting the resonant cavity having reached speeds in excess of C.

Meaning that there is a possibility that the EMDrive is somehow creating a warp bubble inside the resonant cavity.

So... not that the "EMDrive" would be a warp drive.

But it might quickly lead to them.


[–] revfelix 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Not... exactly. You can't go exactly the speed of light, but nothing in the math says you can't go faster. The problem of course, besides the ludicrous amounts of energy involved, is that it's hard to go above c without passing through it.


[–] organicgangbang 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Not necessarily. Despite failures in the past with experiments like OPERA, great resources are being invested into research on FTL particles.

Since you seem to know better, maybe get in touch with them and convince them they are wasting their time?


[–] Braintrust [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

No, not a warp drive.

More a source of propulsion that has/uses no propellant.

That's a really, really, really big deal if true.


[–] blipBoop 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

What I still don't understand is how this doesn't violate conservation of momentum. How can you thrust without something to push on?


[–] NoneOfTheAbove 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Wow you got bombarded with comments on this. As the author of one of those comments, I hop you know that at least most of us were lovingly correcting you. You're probably a swell cat.