"Serious" Warp Drive Questions

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

1. CuttingEdge100CommodoreCommodore

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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)