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Is a warp drive possible? How long until we develop one?

  1. May 2, 2015 #1
    Is a warp drive actually possible to create? If so, how long until we can develop one? Is it at all possible that they could be developed during our lifetimes? I'm asking because of this article http://www.redorbit.com/news/space/...ot-accidentally-invent-the-warp-drive-050115/
    which also leads me to ask, what are the differences between a warp drive and an EmDrive? Is it at all possible for an EmDrive to be developed? Could the development of an EmDrive really lead to the development of a war drive? Do either the emdrive or the warp drive "break the laws of physics"?
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  3. May 2, 2015 #2


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    "Warp Drive" and "EMDrive" are completely unrelated.

    If you want to know more about the warp drive concept, you can google for "Alcubierre metric". The Alcubierre metric is an intriguing solution to the equations of general relativity, but it is not physically realizable.

    EMDrive is one of the topics that we don't discuss here, even to debunk it, as the supply of bad pop-sci articles about it exceeds the available debunking bandwidth.

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