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The Star Trek Warp Drive vs The Alcubierre Drive vs The Spore Drive - Star Trek Physics Fun!

The Star Trek warp drive, the Alcubierre drive, and the spore Drive... what a mouthful.  The Star Trek warp drive is a fictitious propulsion system which allows space craft in Star Trek to travel at velocities faster than light. The warp drive does not break the laws of physics because instead of actually traveling faster than light, it simply bends the space time around the space craft which results in faster than light travel. As you can see in the image below, a region of space around the ship remains in unchanged space. The area around this unchanged space is warped.  Star Trek Warp Drive The Alcubierre drive is a real life attempt to create a Star Trek warp drive. It's only an idea at this point, but in 1994 theoretical physicist Miguel Alcubierre proposed a solution in which a spacecraft could achieve faster than light travel assuming that negative matter could be harnessed. The math is very complicated, but the short answer is that it requires this exotic matter. Ex

How Star Trek Transporters Work

Transporting really is the safest way to travel.                           -Geordi La Forge Star Trek transporters. One of the most iconic technologies in the entire Star Trek franchise, and all science fiction. Most people, even those who do not consider themselves fans, know the phrase, "Beam me up, Scotty".  It is arguably one of the most famous lines from a tv show ever. As a near instantaneous method for human beings, and objects, to travel short distances, these transporters provide an extremely important service for members of the federation, and the show writers. The short answer: Imaging scanners scan the subject's subatomic particles to get a perfect snapshot of what it is. The transporter then breaks down the subject into a bunch of particles which are stored below the transporter in the pattern buffer. The transporter system then sends the particles in a beam to the destination where the particles are put together using the data from the scan. The su