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This is the amazing design for NASA’s Star Trek-style space ship, the IXS Enterprise
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Posted on 06/11/2014 7:23:13 PM PDT by Dallas59



NASA engineer and physicist Harold White announced a few years ago that he was working on a potentially groundbreaking idea that could allow space travel faster than the speed of light. Yes, like in “Star Trek.”

And now, to boldly go where no designer has gone before, Mark Rademaker — who is collaborating with White — has created a CGI design concept for the “warp ship.” They’re calling it the IXS Enterprise.

“We wanted to have a decent image of a theory conforming Warp ship to motivate young people to pursue a STEM career,” Rademaker said in an e-mail interview. “It does have some Sci-Fi features that might never transfer to a possible final design, unless we really want to.”

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Computers/Internet; Science
KEYWORDS: ftl; lightspeed; nasa; spaceexploration; superluminal; warp
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1 posted on 06/11/2014 7:23:13 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

“These are the voyages...”


2 posted on 06/11/2014 7:24:09 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Dallas59

Why design something you know nothing about how to make it work?


3 posted on 06/11/2014 7:25:55 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Dallas59

I like space quite a lot. But I have to say:

We have no space program.
We have no shuttle.
We have no space station.
We can’t go to the moon.

If we were to dream, then dreaming of going to the moon and harvesting resources and (perhaps) building colonies might be somewhat reasonable.

Dreaming about warp drives and interstellar travel?
Ain’t nobody got time for dat.


4 posted on 06/11/2014 7:27:10 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: Dallas59

We’ll never build anything remotely like it as long as this country is run by Democrats. Third world countries don’t make it to space in any big way.


5 posted on 06/11/2014 7:27:10 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: Dallas59

“The dilithium crystals cannae’ withstand it....”

:D

Concept pic is AWESOME.

“Make it so” indeed.


6 posted on 06/11/2014 7:27:11 PM PDT by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57, returning after lurking since 2000)
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To: Dallas59

Sign me up.


7 posted on 06/11/2014 7:28:08 PM PDT by Little Pig
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To: yarddog

It’s not a design if the technology to build it doesn’t exist.


8 posted on 06/11/2014 7:29:12 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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Number One, I order you to take a number two.


9 posted on 06/11/2014 7:29:45 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%i)
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To: WildHighlander57

They’d have to put phasers on the outside of the rings. Just saying...Klingons and Romulans...


10 posted on 06/11/2014 7:30:16 PM PDT by Dallas59 ("Remember me as you pass by, As you are now, so once was I, As I am now, so you will be")
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To: Dallas59
Fascinating.
11 posted on 06/11/2014 7:30:42 PM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: Dallas59
Link to more of the guys designs...
12 posted on 06/11/2014 7:31:52 PM PDT by Dallas59 ("Remember me as you pass by, As you are now, so once was I, As I am now, so you will be")
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To: JPG

He would have done better being an actor.


13 posted on 06/11/2014 7:32:25 PM PDT by Dallas59 ("Remember me as you pass by, As you are now, so once was I, As I am now, so you will be")
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To: ClearCase_guy

Right, and we can’t even put a man into low earth orbit now.


14 posted on 06/11/2014 7:32:41 PM PDT by AU72
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To: yarddog
Why design something you know nothing about how to make it work?

Because that is all NASA does now, science fiction, global warming, and muslim outreach.

15 posted on 06/11/2014 7:32:55 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Dallas59

Does it reach out to make friends with the Moslems? That’s NASAs most important job.


16 posted on 06/11/2014 7:33:00 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: ClearCase_guy

>>We have no space program.
We have no shuttle.
We have no space station.
We can’t go to the moon.<<

But we are the best hitchhikers ever.

Cash on the nail for those who have the vision to have a space program.


17 posted on 06/11/2014 7:33:23 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (AGW "Scientific method:" Draw your lines first, then plot your points)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Yeah, while they are at it, why not design a “way back” machine. Actually the most unbelievable thing on “Star Trek” to me was the transporter.

I still liked the show but it was really a fantasy.


18 posted on 06/11/2014 7:33:52 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Dallas59

Already done in the first star trek movie, it was on the wall..

19 posted on 06/11/2014 7:35:14 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: blueunicorn6

They started WW3 in the 2040’s. Looks like they were wiped out.


20 posted on 06/11/2014 7:35:27 PM PDT by Dallas59 ("Remember me as you pass by, As you are now, so once was I, As I am now, so you will be")
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To: yarddog

Are you kidding? Just add 3,400 kg of Unobtainium and watch her break the light barrier. Easy as pie.


21 posted on 06/11/2014 7:36:07 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: JPG

Romulan?


22 posted on 06/11/2014 7:36:51 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Dallas59; null and void

” NASA engineer and physicist Harold White announced a few years ago that he was working on a potentially groundbreaking idea that could allow space travel faster than the speed of light. “

Is he going to Invent Warp drive or “Invent” warp drive by releasing what we already know?????


23 posted on 06/11/2014 7:37:20 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: yarddog

the most unbelievable thing on star trek to me was the computer that sounded like iPhone Siri.


24 posted on 06/11/2014 7:38:12 PM PDT by shineon
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To: yarddog

Just remember. Everything created by man was once considered impossible.


26 posted on 06/11/2014 7:40:02 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: JPG

More like Capt. Mudd....


27 posted on 06/11/2014 7:42:02 PM PDT by Antoninus II
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To: yarddog
Why design something you know nothing about how to make it work?

In order to put a man on the moon, we had to invent the technology to invent the technology that made it possible to put a man on the moon.

That started with a single pronouncement by JFK that by the end of the 1960's, America would have a man on the moon.

First step to any technological breakthrough is to have a vision.

28 posted on 06/11/2014 7:42:20 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: GraceG

He wasn’t planning on it or even really working on it. But we did get his bill for services.

Where’s an accountant when you need one?

DK


29 posted on 06/11/2014 7:43:05 PM PDT by Dark Knight
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To: UCANSEE2

You mean people did not know you could make fried chicken?


30 posted on 06/11/2014 7:43:38 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Dallas59

And sharks with friggin lasers on their head.


31 posted on 06/11/2014 7:43:55 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Dallas59

“We wanted to have a decent image of a theory conforming Warp ship to motivate young people to pursue a STEM career,”

Well, that’s a loftier goal than Muslim outreach.


32 posted on 06/11/2014 7:44:34 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: Dallas59

This is one of the things that really ticks me off about the Democrats. We were going to be the generation that went to the stars! Look at us. The Democrats only concern is looting the public treasuries to enrich themselves. Obama has all the leadership ability of a dead squirrel.


33 posted on 06/11/2014 7:44:45 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: JPG

Bwahahaha!!!!

Excellent rendition!

But since Michelle looks like a romulan, put 0 in a romulan uniform also.

Romulans were conniving liars, without honor.

Vulcans wouldn’t lie, and Klingons value honor.

Back to the topic...

To the naysayers upthread....

Don’t tell an engineer it can’t be done!


34 posted on 06/11/2014 7:44:52 PM PDT by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57, returning after lurking since 2000)
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To: Dallas59

I can see X10 doing this; NASA, not so much. They still have way too much muslim pandering to do.


35 posted on 06/11/2014 7:44:56 PM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: usconservative

I think the German V2 rockets were not all that far away from designing a rocket capable of going to the moon.

To me the most amazing thing about the moon landing was that we could watch it happening on TV.


36 posted on 06/11/2014 7:45:46 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: ClearCase_guy

NASA has lost a lot of it’s mission focus and like any other government agency..is bloated. I look to engineers like Elon Musk to take us to the next step. Government project/award? Yes. But it is still a competitive process and he is challenging the big leagues. So far, I like what I see.

http://www.bloomberg.com/video/elon-musk-you-re-safe-if-my-spacecraft-crashes-3MCivcdWQfyCnDKQMXYoKA.html


37 posted on 06/11/2014 7:48:39 PM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: Dallas59

Solar Warden.


38 posted on 06/11/2014 7:52:00 PM PDT by TennTuxedo
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To: Dallas59

Makes me think of “The Man of La Mancha”. To reach the unreachable stars.


39 posted on 06/11/2014 7:54:22 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: shineon
kirk talks to computer
40 posted on 06/11/2014 7:56:24 PM PDT by shineon
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To: usconservative

Thank you!


41 posted on 06/11/2014 7:56:33 PM PDT by BreezyDog
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To: yarddog

Not ever gonna happen..... warp speed is not possible. Not ever.


42 posted on 06/11/2014 7:56:49 PM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: kjam22

Never say never. What is needed is a breakthrough that surpasses conventional physics. Whether or not that is feasible at this point in time is debatable, and likely not possible, but that does not preclude the possibility that such a breakthrough could happen.

To say “Not Ever” is defeatist, IMO.


43 posted on 06/11/2014 8:02:00 PM PDT by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: Pox

I hear you.... Its more like realist to me. But one man’s defeat is another man’s reality :)


44 posted on 06/11/2014 8:03:39 PM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: yarddog
To me the most amazing thing about the moon landing was that we could watch it happening on TV.

Yep, that was really cool. I think I was 6 or 7 when we first landed on the moon. I remember watching it on a black and white TV with rabbit ears. Reception wasn't that great (by today's standards) but good enough to watch.

When you consider there's more 10x-100x more technology in a smartphone than we used to put a man on the moon, it was really an incredible accomplishment. Those guys were really risking their lives, nothing was guaranteed -- they went knowing it was within the realm of possibility that they might not make it back.

And yet they went, and they came back. As I think about it, it's almost like yesterday I was sitting on the floor in front of the TV with my sister and my parents watching on the TV, waiting for the delay in communications to pass to hear what was said next.

That was an incredible time in our history. Even with all the technology we have today, it feels like innovation is dead. Getting to the moon was a quantum leap in technology. So were PC's when they were first invented. Everything else since then has been nothing more than newer/faster iterations of technology that already existed.

I hope we're on the verge of the next quantum leap in technology ...

45 posted on 06/11/2014 8:03:43 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: BreezyDog
Thank you!

You're welcome! (now what'd I do to merit the thank you?)

46 posted on 06/11/2014 8:05:17 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Dallas59

It’s a beautiful rendering. Very professional and realistic. That’s about as close to reality as it’ll ever get, though, sad to say.


47 posted on 06/11/2014 8:05:19 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Dallas59

I endorse this design.


48 posted on 06/11/2014 8:12:15 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: kjam22
Not ever gonna happen..... warp speed is not possible. Not ever.

This from NASA last month about the nearest inhabitable planet...."The new found object, dubbed Kepler-186f, circles a red dwarf star 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. A light-year is almost 6 trillion miles.". So even if we were able to travel near light speed it would take at least 20 human generations to get there as a colony. Space travel to a new world is fantasy. Meeting new species is way past fantasy.

On the other hand, finding civilized life in other worlds via a SETI type operation is distinct possibility. But again, any message we receive would have been at least 500+ years at receipt.

49 posted on 06/11/2014 8:12:21 PM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: catfish1957

Yep.... reality is a real “buzz killer” sometimes.


50 posted on 06/11/2014 8:13:52 PM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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