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NASA’s Warp Drive Ship Design

Posted by T'Bonz - 11/06/14 at 09:06 am

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A new design from NASA Physicist Harold White shows what a ship designed for faster-than-light travel might look like.

White teamed up with Artist Mark Rademaker to create a model which will look familiar to Star Trek fans.


White and his team have been working on a design for a faster-than-light ship since 2012. Their work is still in the experimental stage, but is based on real math.

The new design owes its origins to Star Trek‘s Matt Jeffries.

See more images of the model here.

The video below features White discussing the model and the potential for a warp drive ship. The pertinent part of the discussion begins at the 41:54 mark.

Source: Io9via Gizmodo

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  • Tequila

    Had they use something like this design for the show that became Enterprise, then the show might not have looked as bad is it eventually did. Although its name shouldn’t have been “Enterprise” but another name for the ship to fit with canon.

  • CaptainJon

    Wow! That looks pretty cool! Hopefully the ship that eventually does become the first warp ship is called Enterprise!

  • darrenw

    this ship was desgin mark rademaker Dr white ask him to desgin that ship to see what it will look like using warp ring depends on how thick the rings are so warp travel will work the idea was from uss enterprise xcv 330 desgin from Matt Jefferies this is how it started so lets hope it comes reality sum day :)

  • garakthetaeight

    Yeah, Pluto is only 397 years away at Warp 0.2. Make it so, and ENGAGE!

  • Marcus

    I know what these words mean individually, but I have no idea what you just said.

  • Kang the Unbalanced

    Gods’ overflowingly abundant bosoms. We might just make it off this rock after all.

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  • Mary Lamb

    Punctuation, punctuatoin, punctuation!!!!!!!!

  • Daniel Ireland

    No! It should be called the Phoenix! :P

  • Cosmo

    I dunno…the ship design looks like an ’80s kit-basher’s nightmare after gorging on pizza, ice cream, and beer. ;-b