Warp Drive

Warp drive is a hypothetical faster-than-light (FTL) propulsion system in the setting of many science fiction works, most notably Star Trek. A spacecraft equipped with a warp drive may travel at apparent speeds greater than that of light by many orders of magnitude, while circumventing the relativistic problem of time dilation. In contrast to many other fictional FTL technologies, such as a "jump drive" or the Infinite Improbability Drive, the warp drive does not permit instantaneous travel between two points; instead, warp drive technology creates an artificial "bubble" of normal space-time that surrounds the spacecraft (as opposed to entering a separate realm or dimension like hyperspace, as is used in the Star Wars, Stargate franchise, Warhammer 40,000, Babylon 5 and Andromeda universes). Consequently, spacecraft at warp velocity can continue to interact with objects in "normal space". Some of the other fictions in which warp drive technology is featured include: Stars!, Freelancer, EVE Online, Earth and Beyond, StarCraft, Mass Effect, DarkSpace, Starship Troopers, Doctor Who, Halo and Star Ocean.

A valid solution for faster-than-light travel which models the warp drive concept, called the Alcubierre drive, was formulated by physicist Miguel Alcubierre in 1994. Subsequent calculations found that such a model would require prohibitive amounts of energy. However, it has recently been found that by changing the shape of the warp drive, much less energy could be used, making the idea of a warp drive once again feasible, and NASA scientists have begun preliminary research on such technology.

Read more about Warp Drive:  The Original Series: Establishing A Background, The Next Generation Onwards, Warp Velocities, Slingshot Effect, Warp Core

Other articles related to "warp drive, warp":

One Little Ship - Plot
... his Vorta superior, Gelnon (Leland Crooke), who orders him to prioritize repairs to the Defiant's warp drive and get underway to the Dominion outpost, while the Jem'Hadar ship departs for an ... that he helps the repair efforts on the warp drive, to which Sisko responds that he will need additional members of his crew ... orders Worf in install a computer virus that will destroy the ship should the warp drive be activated ...
The Paradise Syndrome - Plot
... intercept the asteroid at a dangerous warp speed ... the huge rock to a benign course using tractor beams in conjunction with the warp drive but to no effect ... Spock orders a full bombardment with all phasers but the resulting energy demand damages the warp drive and the asteroid remains on its lethal course ...
Spaceships Of Eve Online - Gameplay - Combat and Travel
... distances longer than hundreds of kilometers is done with the ship's Warp Drive, which every ship and escape pod has ... The player issues a command to warp to an object, which must be greater than 150 km away and in the same star system, and after an alignment maneuver their ship will enter warp ... After between 6 seconds and a minute, depending on ship speed and warp distance, the ship will land at the selected destination ...
Warp Drive - Warp Core
... A primary component of the warp drive method of propulsion in the Star Trek universe is the "gravimetric field displacement manifold," more commonly referred ... to provide the energy necessary to power a starship's warp drive, allowing faster-than-light travel ... Starship warp cores generally also serve as powerplants for other primary ship systems ...

Famous quotes containing the words drive and/or warp:

    I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.... I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    Nothing shall warp me from the belief that every man is a lover of truth. There is no pure lie, no pure malignity in nature. The entertainment of the proposition of depravity is the last profligacy and profanation. There is no scepticism, no atheism but that. Could it be received into common belief, suicide would unpeople the planet.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)