Part I – Theory of the Warp Drive Engine

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Growing up in the era of the moon landings, I have always been excited about space and space travel.  I built and flew model rockets as a youngster and this lead me into my interest in engineering, science and space.  I would like to see our children, inspired as I was.  Lets give them all we can to inspire them and be first in space exploration.  I want to see the United States travel to Mars and beyond that.   Wouldn’t that be exciting.  Let’s create a space economy.  We need more young people interested in space, as I believe that space travel is our future and our future economy.  And it should be fun.  If we can open up space travel, there will be many careers for not only our young people, but people of all ages to go into.

I am an engineer that works in the Aerospace Industry and would like to see all of us step up and try to meet the challenges of space and space travel.  That is why I have created this website.  I hope you can get excited as I was when I watched Neil Armstrong land on the moon in the Eagle.

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So, there is a lot of talk about a “Warp Drive Engine” like the one they have on the movie franchise “Star Trek”.  I believe that this is possible.  Maybe not like on the movie, but nevertheless, I think it is possible.  I have searched on the internet, through books and have not found much, as far as equations and logic that I can understand, and that makes sense on how a Warp Drive Engine might work.  So I was inspired to come up with my own.

I will start out by giving you an equation relating to space, time, matter and velocity, then explaining it and the relationships, then giving an example of how it might work.

Primary equation

Warp Drive Equation

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • as time increases; space decreases,
  • as matter increases; space decreases,
  • as space increases; matter decreases
  • Time is a dependent variable of space, for a change in space, there is a resulting change in time.

Formula Realtionship Explanations

As matter increases, space decreases.  Think of this statement this way.  The more matter you have, the less space you have.

As space increases, matter decreases.  If you have less matter in a given space, you have more space.

As time increases¸ space decreases. This is counter intuitive, so let me explain it by giving an example as it relates to the equation.  Take a piece of paper.  Draw two points on each end of the paper and label one A and label one B.  So, we have time and distance (d) between these two points.  Take a straight edge and draw a line between these two points.  Label the line (t,d) for time and distance.  If you bend the paper and bring point A and point B together, that represents a “Warp” in space and time.  You now have a new time and space relationship between Point A and B.  The original space and time relationship has changed.  If the paper was one long sheet of paper and it flowed with the “Warp” staying in it, the moving paper would represent velocity (v).  The rate of change you get in space and time is represented by (dt/ds).  By changing space, you change time.  There is a diagram below giving a graphical approach.

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Units  Space has been defined in 4 dimensions (coordinates and time); x, y, z, t.  Space is also related to matter as discussed previously.  As matter increases, space decreases.  Since the amount of space you have relates to matter, the units for matter will show up in the space variable (s).  For example, if you have a meeting and a room full of people show up, you have less space.  Space and matter are related.  So, you have x, y, z, t and matter.

Velocity (v)  In explaining this variable, the more matter you have for a given space (the bigger you are), the less distance you have to travel that space to get there.  I will give an example.  If I traveled from Earth to Saturn at a certain velocity, then I would reach the surface of Saturn at a certain time and would have traveled a certain distance. If Saturn was the size of a tennis ball, I would have to travel further and longer to get to there, even though the tennis ball and Saturn are located in the same place.  So to get there at the same time, I would have to go faster.  Velocity is therefore not only related to distance and time, but size.

Space (s)  Space is defined as:

space equation (2)

Space Equation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matter (m)  Here it is defined as the mass of the vehicle.  Now imagine this relating to a spaceship traveling in space.

What I am essentially saying is that the variables in the Warp Drive Equation are related to velocity (v).  Change those variables in a suitable manner and you get velocity or space travel.  The space equation above, plugs into the Warp Drive Equation.

I will work an example for you, but before I do that, I would like to explain variables.  When you warp space and time, there is a whole new set of variables you have to deal with.  Below is an explanation of those.

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The example below shows how the equation works.  These calculations are worked out on an Excel spreadsheet.  You can create your own calculation worksheet using the equations. This example shows what might happen if you warped time and spaced according to the Warp Drive Equation and Space equation, and traveled to Mars.

Example Calculation

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