It is possible to travel faster than light

You just wouldn’t travel faster than light.

Seems strange, but by manipulating extra dimensions with astronomical amounts of energy, two Baylor University physicists have outlined how a faster-than-light engine, or warp drive, could be created that would bend but not break the laws of physics.

"We think we can create an effective warp drive, based on general relativity and string theory," said Gerald Cleaver.

The tricky part is that the ship wouldn’t actually move; space itself would move underneath the stationary spacecraft. A beam of light next to the ship would still zoom away, same as it always does, but a beam of light far from the ship would be left behind.

That means that the ship would arrive at its destination faster than a beam of light traveling the same distance, but without violating Einstein’s relativity, which says that it would take an infinite amount of energy to accelerate an object with mass to the speed of light, since the ship itself isn’t actually moving.

While the theory rests on relatively firm ground, the next question is how do you expand space behind the ship and contract it in front of the ship?

"I don’t see this leading immediately to a warp drive, but I could see it leading to other interesting possibilities in basic scientific research," said Ford.

Cleaver agrees that the creation of a real warp drive is still far away.

"Warp drive isn’t doable now, and probably won’t be for the next several millenia," said Cleaver.

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While in many science fiction TV-series such as Battlestar Galactica and Stargate Atlantis the concepts FTL(faster than light) and hyperspace(space in which you travel faster than light) are used; they are nevertheless a fictional technology so far. The research on these topics excites me actually, though I probably won’t see this happening for real.


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