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Warp Field Mechanics 101
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Author and Affiliation:
White, Harold(NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, United States)
Abstract: This paper will begin with a short review of the Alcubierre warp drive metric and describes how the phenomenon might work based on the original paper. The canonical form of the metric was developed and published in [6] which provided key insight into the field potential and boost for the field which remedied a critical paradox in the original Alcubierre concept of operations. A modified concept of operations based on the canonical form of the metric that remedies the paradox is presented and discussed. The idea of a warp drive in higher dimensional space-time (manifold) will then be briefly considered by comparing the null-like geodesics of the Alcubierre metric to the Chung-Freese metric to illustrate the mathematical role of hyperspace coordinates. The net effect of using a warp drive technology coupled with conventional propulsion systems on an exploration mission will be discussed using the nomenclature of early mission planning. Finally, an overview of the warp field interferometer test bed being implemented in the Advanced Propulsion Physics Laboratory: Eagleworks (APPL:E) at the Johnson Space Center will be detailed. While warp field mechanics has not had a Chicago Pile moment, the tools necessary to detect a modest instance of the phenomenon are near at hand.
Publication Date: Sep 30, 2011
Document ID:
20110015936
(Acquired Oct 04, 2011)
Subject Category: ASTROPHYSICS
Report/Patent Number: JSC-CN-24651
Document Type: Conference Paper
Meeting Information: DARPA/NASA 100 Year Starship Symposium; 30 Sep. - 2 Oct. 2011; Orlando, FL; United States
Meeting Sponsor: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; Arlington, VA, United States
NASA; United States
Contract/Grant/Task Num: WBS 665858.01.05
Financial Sponsor: NASA Johnson Space Center; Houston, TX, United States
Organization Source: NASA Johnson Space Center; Houston, TX, United States
Description: 33p; In English; Original contains color and black and white illustrations
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: CANONICAL FORMS; COSMOLOGY; GEODESIC LINES; INTERFEROMETERS; INTERSTELLAR TRAVEL; MANIFOLDS (MATHEMATICS); MATHEMATICAL MODELS; MISSION PLANNING; ROBOTICS; SPACE-TIME FUNCTIONS; SPACECRAFT PROPULSION; SPACECRAFT TRAJECTORIES; SYMMETRY; VOYAGER 1 SPACECRAFT
Miscellaneous Notes: To be published in the Journal of British Interplanetary Society (JBIS), January 2012
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