Science fiction is nothing more than imagination colliding with science and morphing into an idea that might become plausible. For years, we witnessed many gadgets come out of the iconic sci-fi franchise, Star Trek, but the one fans are really waiting for to see become reality is: the Warp Drive.
Believing in a Dream
It all starts with dreams of learning about the unknown. Either it is to know if aliens exist or to visit a planet we have heard about in a comic book or television show, what we first need to work on is: faster than light propulsion system.
Sadly, to this day it remains to be just a dream as NASA is not currently working on such an imaginary theory. Also, many scientists believe that it would be impossible to travel faster than light while others keep their hopes up believing fondly in Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.
Just now NASA has found some vague proof about gravitational waves that Dr. Einstein predicted, but everyone thought it would be impossible to prove its existence. It brings my hopes up as it might bring the dream of interstellar travel closer than ever before knowing about its existence.
Let’s not lose hope of a possibility to one day be traveling among the stars to another planet where civilization may be more advanced than our own might be closer than we would think, if Star Trek is to become real, no one can afford to lose hope in such a Utopia.
The Alcubierre Theory of Warp Drive
Again, based on Albert Einstein’s General Relativity, related to his field equations. What was once proposed by Dr. Miguel Alcubierre was that instead of trying to exceed the speed of light, a spacecraft could instead contract space that is before it and expand space behind it thus resulting in traveling faster than light without exactly breaking any laws of physics that we have come to know to this day.
After all, we know that we cannot travel faster than light without interfering with normal spacetime. It is something that caused many science fiction authors to come up with their version of what could propel a starship across the galaxy.
Nevertheless, despite warp drive being the closest hope we have to interstellar travel, it requires something almost impossible to find or even prove its existence called “exotic matter” therefore unable to be turned into a drivable system.
Then again, that is until Alcubierre mentioned that the Casimir vacuum aka Casimir Effect named after the Dutch physicist Hendrick Casimir, physical forces arising from a quantized field, would fulfill the negative-energy required to create the warp drive that could eventually also be simply named Alcubierre Drive — sorry Cochran.
Then again, Quantum Gravity would eliminate all questions relative the Alcubierre Warp Drive theory based on Einstein’s General Relativity field equation and make his theory all-together entirely irrelevant therefore invalid.
Yet again, until we give up, there’s no reason to believe it cannot still happen.
Warp Speed Ahead!
Let’s think positive for a moment, sometimes physicists are not very imaginative, and let’s assume it all comes true.
When Star Trek first mentioned the warp drive it was well received, based on a theory that made more sense compared to many others due to facts that I mentioned earlier, it somehow makes that dream of traveling faster than light reachable.
Now, would it be possible to jump from levels of speed of Warp Factor 1 to 8 and so on like in the Star Trek universe? I wonder. If we are pulling and contracting what’s ahead to expand space behind, would that mean that to go faster we’d have first to reach farther?
The human race has once jumped from cars to a rocket that aimed for the moon. I believe that one day something as efficient as a warp drive could be possible. All right, I’m no physicist or mathematician, heck. I can barely do algebra… However, science is something that I read daily because somehow, I find it way more comfortable for me to understand and what I understand is that without imagination and dream, we won’t achieve it.
Where Are Our New Einstein?
We need new Einstein scientists that believe imagination is just as valid as an equation that could bring us closer to traveling across our galaxy in the Alpha Quadrant to begin. Wink-wink.
Let us not forget that while we are looking at the stars, some might already be looking back at us, and if so, it means somehow one theory is tangible to travel faster than the speed of light.