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Is it Possible to Travel Faster than the Speed of Light?

By April 22, 2011

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Most science fiction movies would be considerably more boring without the ability to travel across the galaxy at greater-than-light speeds. It's obviously a plot device to move things along and make movies more interesting. But is there any science behind the science fiction?

Believe it or not there are ways, at least theoretically, where one could accelerate a spacecraft to light speed and beyond.

The biggest problem is finding a way around Einstein's theory of special relativity. Specifically, the closer one approaches to the speed of light, the more energy that is need to continue accelerating. Eventually a nearly infinite amount of energy is needed to further increase your speed.

So non-conventional methods are needed if there is any hope to travel at such speeds. Luckily, there are some theories that suggest that by manipulating exotic forms of matter or objects such as black holes one could possibly break this unbreakable barrier.

The reason this is possible is that these methods don't require that the spaceship actually travel faster than the speed of light. Confused?

Well since we can't actually travel at light speed we either have to move space or create a bridge from one place to another that would allow us to "cut the corner" so to speak. And technically neither of these options violates the laws of physics.

Of course, any option involving these sorts of constructs has problems. First of all the energy required to create such devices is far beyond anything we can manage with today's technology. While it is not infinite, it is still almost prohibitively great. (This is why in the film series Star Trek the Starship Enterprise used a matter-antimatter energy source.)

Then there is the issue of needing "exotic matter". This is material that has negative mass, and while it is predicted by the laws of physics to exist (and there is even some experimental evidence of it) we have no idea how to make it, manipulate it or control it. Worse still, we would need lots of it, probably more than we could readily manufacture.

So is faster-than-light travel possible? Theoretically, yes. But it seems highly implausible. And even if it is possible, we would still have to design a ship that could survive the trip, which isn't trivial either.

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April 22, 2011 at 11:46 pm
(1) cMEgo says:

Where’s Einstein when you need him, huh? :)

April 24, 2011 at 2:19 am
(2) Scott Ryan says:

The only way for fast space travel is this way.

its called a strong magnet, or a magnetic field.

the strongest magnet in the world is 500,000 to 1 million gauss.

what you do is put the magnetic spot in the centre of the ship & let the magnetic field go all around the ship. you then do a split second burst of a magnetic field getting compressed, that blast out gauss that hits the field pulling the space ship forward every split second. so it go faster & faster every split second.

you can do it a different way by pulling the magnetic or magnet spots to each other, then doing split second burst of gauss, pulling the space ship ford.
you keep the magnetic points behind or up & under the blast off gauss, that spots the magnet or magnetic spots from being destroyed.

you then need a MRI scanner & metal balls on the front. that would spin them around making it suck away all radiation & everything in front of the space ship. this way we 100% can go faster then the speed of light, & only faster & faster.

if you go to this link, you will see the drawings on Michio Kaku wall. you just like it then click on photos & go down them unto you see them.

http://www.facebook.com/michiokaku

April 26, 2011 at 12:34 pm
(3) Scott Ryan says:

does anyone have a answer for this 1. or know any problems with it.

June 16, 2011 at 7:12 am
(4) Scott Ryan says:

so even putting a electric field as the blast out part to hit the field, like i have said to do if the gauss will not work / EMP anything really.

for a start The idea of a periodic motion system between the magnetic field and the centripetal acceleration, does pose an interesting mathematical problem, if you swap the magnetic field for an electric field.

well Centripetal and electric forces vary according to distance at different rates, however, mathematically one can ask if there can be a system where the two balance out, or, more specifically oscillate as a result of the two forces.

I believe away like this will work in the future.

ps i love the fact that at / near the end of the solar system there is magnetic bubbles. i think magnetic fields are the way to the future 100%.

August 23, 2011 at 2:07 am
(5) James Ph. Kotsybar says:

OFF THE SCALE
– James Ph. Kotsybar

The young lady known only as Bright,
who could travel at speeds fast as light,
said. While Im seldom late,
Im concerned that my weight
goes to infinite mass, though Im sleight.

October 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm
(6) Angelo Molinaro says:

Angelo Molinaro
I had an article published in the scientific journal titled Galilean Electrodynamics Volume 15 Number1 January/Feburary 2004 issue. The article was titled The Invariance of Mass, which proves mathematically that Mass is an invariant. This finding proves that we can travel faster than the speed of light. I also wrote a book titled The Two State Universe which describes this finding. The book also describes a new theory of the Universe and Gravity, and answere many of the unanswered questions of Science.
I have an undergraduate degree from MIT, I also have a Doctor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Theoretical Physics.

December 17, 2011 at 5:11 am
(7) scott ryan says:

well faster then the speed of light is now conformed. something / you can go faster then C.

February 26, 2012 at 4:48 am
(8) Classified User says:

I have been working on space travel for many years now and have built some ships already with the U.S.A.F and we’ve been traveling to deep space and back in fractions of a second, this technology is not available to the public due to national security reasons.(I know, i don’t agree with that either) All I can say without being ‘hunted’ is that, it is possible to travel in Multiples of C. The CIA/Pentagon along with the USAF know this already along with other countries top officials, Im not allowed to say how its possible, but it is. I can’t wait for regular non-governmental scientists and researchers to figure this out and make it public, No more paying for gas, no more vehicular break-downs. The techhnology is already here but only a select few know of it. I guess you can say we’ve had..help from…well, think ‘outside’ the ‘box’. Keep trying, you will figure this out one day and they won’t be able to keep it hidden anymore. My prayers are with all of you.

February 28, 2012 at 12:31 pm
(9) ONT says:

What about TACHYONS?

March 8, 2012 at 5:09 am
(10) Scott Ryan says:

(8) Classified User says:

less drugs mate.

there is no way you would blab your mouth or even give a hint if you new that or anything about that. what a load of bull.

you remind me of a cia / someone in England (on the low end of the cia), that use to play top secret taps load so all the people next store can here it. he ended up chopped up into peace’s, & it was not from Russia or china but his own.
blar blar blar.

they may know how to make green cars & stop oil ( that makes them mass tax), but space travel like that, yea right.

if you did now anything about about that, your a scumbag for even saying a word, put in that position.

July 19, 2012 at 2:44 pm
(11) skipster says:

Ogravity sound vibrations = speed of light or faster= the speed of darkness…..

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