Is warp speed possible?


astrophysicist Geraint Lewis from the University of Sydney gave a talk last night explaining that, in theory at least, super-fast warp speed travel is possible according to Einstein’s theory of relativity. We just need to find the right materials to achieve it.

“If you look at the equation that Einstein gave us, it shows you can bend and warp space so you can travel at any speed you like in the Universe,” Lewis told ABC Science in an interview before his presentation in Sydney, Australia. Of course, the problem is that even if bending space is theoretically possible, we have no idea how to do it.

To achieve warp speed, it won’t be our rockets that we need to upgrade. Instead we’ll need to find a material that has a “negative density energy”, according to Lewis.

“It is not a material that we actually have in our hands, but there are signs that there are aspects of the Universe that actually have this kind of property,” he explained. “Empty space itself has a negative energy density. The big question is if we could mine it and shape it, we would basically have a warp drive there and then, but we just don’t know if that’s possible.”


Ever since the sound barrier was broken, people have turned their attention to how we can break the light speed barrier. But “Warp Drive” or any other term for faster-than-light travel still remains at the level of speculation. The bulk of scientific knowledge concludes that it’s impossible, especially when considering Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.

No was from NASA BTW. Why are we asking? With 2 x 10 to the 22nd power planets out there, we keep wondering where all the aliens are. That Kissinger piece was very interesting — hey, maybe he’s a space alien.

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