"Serious" Warp Drive Questions

Discussion in 'Trek Tech' started by CuttingEdge100, Apr 28, 2015.

  1. CuttingEdge100

    CuttingEdge100 Commodore Commodore

    Dec 14, 2005
    Obviously we're talking about a fictitious drive (though NASA might have made one work using an existing drive by firing lasers through it), but I'm curious about even the theoretical concept.

    Firstly: Defining the drive
    • Say the drive works by
    • 1. Constricting the fabric of space in front of the ship allowing it to traverse more distance in the same time; the constriction also "pulls" the ship towards it
    • 2. Stretching out the fabric of space behind it, effectively pushing the ship along
    • 3. Some thing is used to hold these two distortions together
    • Yes, I'm describing something like the Miguel Alcubierre Drive
    • Is there anything to suggest the bubble would take a certain amount of time to form (i.e. form the bubble in the front and back, and cinch it together)
    Secondly: Turning
    • Say, the instant the drive is turned off, the distortion goes away
    • Say the ship can accelerate to a maximum speed in 15 seconds
    • Provided the ship will stop accelerating the instant it turns away from a previous heading, yet will accelerate/maintain speed on a the new heading: Is there any formula that could be used to determine how quickly it would either
    • 1. Do a 180 turn provided no speed change occurred based on acceleration and heading change
    • 2. Slow down as it turns
    Thirdly: Collisions
    • Say you have a vessel of 4,000 kg
    • Say the vessel is moving at a real velocity of 8 kps (orbital velocity about)
    • Say a "warp drive" was used to accelerate it up to just a mere 140 kps: Would impact force be 8 kps, 140 kps, or some in between figure
    • Say a "warp drive" was used to accelerate it up to 0.25c: What would happen to impact forces?
    • Would the front end of the field (which effectively constricts the fabric of space and acts like a gravity well) pull apart the object it ran into depending on the intensity of the bubble?
    • Would this act like a deflector of some sort (parting objects out of the way).
    I know these are "deep questions" but I was thinking of an idea for a scifi-series (either Trek based or non)