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Warp drive

Warp drive is a faster-than-light (FTL) spacecraft propulsion system in many science fiction works, most notably Star Trek. A spacecraft equipped with a warp drive may travel at speeds greater than that of light by many orders of magnitude. In contrast to other FTL technologies such as a jump drive or hyper drive, the warp drive does not permit instantaneous travel between two points but involves a measurable passage of time which is pertinent to the concept. Spacecraft at warp velocity theoretically continue to interact with objects in "normal space". The general concept of "warp drive" was introduced by John W. Campbell in his 1931 novel Islands of Space.

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NASA's warp drive starship

NASA released images of what its warp drive starship might actually look like. I wanted to show this view since it shows the entire ship. But in the close-up images, it'll remind you of the USS Enterprise from Star Trek. In fact, it's actually inspired by the Enterprise, and is named after it.

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Is warp drive possible? Read more here: www.livescience.com

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