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Old August 1 2013, 12:56 PM   #12
JarodRussell
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Re: Alcubierre Drive - A thought excercise.

Doesn't the warping of space automatically get rid of the problem of inertia? You pull a star system towards your own, and when you transition between A and B, you transition from one reference system to the other. You just MUST be able to equate both inertial systems, otherwise you can't create the warp, can you?

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Even pilots here on Earth need to do navigation and course correction (for things like headwinds, tailwinds and crosswinds and magnetic flucuations messing with instruments).

If you've got the tech to do FTL travel, you'd likely have the tech to navigate, too....
Not necessarily. We have the tech to make cars go as fast as 400 km/h. But you are not able to navigate at that speed in a city.

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The energy needed for the Alcubierre drive is a lot, even with the recent "revisions". Could this not also be used for a drive with more traditional thrust?
No, because the whole point of the Alcubierre drive is to get around the problem of relativistic speeds.
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