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November 29, 2007

Warp Drive

Filed under: Tech — mlah @ 10:04 pm

so. pretend you could bend space time fabirc around you

suppose space and time’s relationship was like a fabric. and you could push in the center.

now. if you could push in the center, really hard, you could make like a hole. turn it on it’s side so it is laying in front of you.

imagine yourself standing on solid ground. looking at a big 20 foot hole in the ground in front of you. round hole. 20 feet at its deepest. gently starting to slide down the side of the hole, til it is steep. then gently rounding out at the bottom. it’s a pretty big hole!

now. imagine yourself wearing roller skates. or roller blades. or those wheelies tennis shoes. and you are just stanind inside the beginning of the hole.


but. if the hole is instead a bending of space time fabric, as soon as you slip and begin to move, the hole stays in the same place. it does not move relative to you.

so guess what you do?


and slip.

you keep slipping, because you are forever on the beginning of that edge.

how fast would you go?

warp speed mister scott!

this is the science in the science fiction of warp field engines in star trek. the self imposed limitation of warp 10 is not based on any real theory i’m aware of. they just got tired of the super speed. so of course, once the limitation was placed. TRANS warp was invented.


but back to warp engines. if you are in space and actually achieved warp 1. and that is a BIG if.

and you turned your warp drive off. what would happen? no resistance baby. you would continue.

so why is it that whenever the damn enterprises engine gets hit, they drop out of warp and are barely moving? if the engine goes off. the ship continues to move.

and moreover. how the fuck do the damn kilngons know exactly when to turn their engines off to drop out of warp at the same time? assuming the klingon warp drives have the same weirdness and experience massive space resistance at warp field termination.
cause like, if you could move at the speed of light, aka warp 1, and fly around the earth, you would move around the earths equator 7 times in a second.

so the enterprises engines get hit. they drop to impulse, and then the klingons drop out of wapr some few second later. they should be around 500,000 miles away!

that’s at warp1

sp. the enterprsie is bookin out of romulan space, at warp8! they take a hit from a bird of prey, and the whole f’n romulan fleet all managed to drop out of warp at the exact same instant on top of them.


just some things i think about when driving.


  1. so…confused….

    Comment by Kristen — November 29, 2007 @ 11:30 pm

  2. heheheheheh. you like star trek…

    Comment by Jeanna — November 30, 2007 @ 3:43 am

  3. This post reminds me of my thought process while under the influence of weed. Not that I do that anymore, but this is totally shit I’d think about. It makes entirely more sense when you’re high.

    on a completely unrelated note, why do i have to type my name & shit if i’m logged into wordpress? ungh.

    Comment by Callie — November 30, 2007 @ 9:42 am

  4. Actually, you have a grave misunderstanding of physics. What do you mean? Well…I’m glad you asked. Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion states- ” For Every Action, There is an Equal and Opposite Reaction.” Therefore, if you used a method of propulsion to move you through space then that same method that is used to MOVE you will also be used to STOP you. A good example is a DC electric motor. Suppose , for example, you throw a switch on a DC Motor, what happens? It turns as long you have the proper voltage battery or other source connected properly to the motor, it will turn in the direction that is stated. Let’s call this direction clockwise. Ok, we have that established. Now suppose, on this same exact motor you disconnect the wires and switch the polarity. What happens? You guessed it. it spins counterclockwise. This is exactly what happens in electric motor braking. Which has been used for the last 100 years! No kidding. And this is an example of how you would brake using warp drive in space. That is if it is found to be possible, which I belive a form of it is.

    Comment by Robertson — January 2, 2008 @ 8:37 pm

  5. Newton’s 3rd law does not take into account space time fabric bending. What you are talking about is the cornerstone of rocketry. You can see more of that in another of Newton’s laws whicvh is commonly shortened to F = mass ** acceleration. But that is an approximation. You have more terms to that law which are normally zero in earth bound low velocity instances. Let us not forget another term for wind resistance, another term for buoyancy, and still yet another for changing mass.

    But when talking science fiction, or science theory, they are not applicable.

    In any event, as no particle was used for propulsion, no stoppage will occur when a warp drive is turned off.

    Now true, you could use a ‘reverse’ warp drive to stop your ship, but my case about the miniscule amount of time you would have to make your decision stands. If you are chasing me at a distance of a mere couple of hundred thousand Km, And I drop out of warp, from say wapr 8, I doubt that electrical impulses in your brain would have time to travel to your muscles to tell them to initiate your dropping out of warp before you had passed me by an immense distance for sublight speed. And that is assuming instantaneous decision making by you.

    You would fly by at a huge distance in less than a nanosecond.

    Comment by mlah — January 2, 2008 @ 10:11 pm

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