how long before some genius invents the warp drive?
Its not wrong, that's what nasal actually believes.
Gravity wave detection still doesn't prover the existence of negative mass/energy, which is depicted in the picture and necessary for the drive to work
If it's single stage to orbit and you need to enter an atmosphere you do. But really you just use shuttle crafts like in star trek to enter planets, massive spaceships would be impractical anyways.
But wouldn't a drive like this crush whole solar systems if not more? I mean we are talking here about unleashing the mass of a huge star or even a black hole. I'm not sure if this is really a good idea.
Yes but I think it would be a bit unpractical when you need to leave the solar system first, before you can start up your engine. And on your destination you'd need to be even more careful because of some potential side effects of picking up dust on your trip.
i think its just a confirmation that gravity propagates in the form of waves as opposed to instantaneously.
i.e. mass deforms(?) space time but the deformation is not instant. if mass moves or jolts, its new centre of gravity is not felt until that information or deformation of space time or whatever travels to you. so it must have a speed (assumed light speed) and if it travels through space in the form of a wave, it must interfere with other waves etc.
what they basically did was shoot 2 lasers between 2 points and just sat there waiting for a gravitic anomaly to change the width of the space between the 2 lasers. the compression or expansion is absurdly small; less than the width of an atom or something like that, so its hard to measure a wave/gravitic disturbance passing by.
doesn't mean we will suddenly manipulate gravity or anything like that. everything i've seen in the news has been shit hype. still a great discovery though.
The discovery of gravity waves does not let us invent a warp drive. However, it does get us closer to a theory of quantum gravity which would help us determine if warp drives are or are not possible
>not making your spaceship out of cathedrals
how can you affect the space around the ship without affecting the ship itself? how could there be a space unaffected in this contraction for the ship to exist in, that is both behind the contracted space and in front of the expanding space?
When that gravitation wave hit us on September 14th 2015, it had the force of 3 stars exploding behind it. It literally stretched and distorted everything. Including you. Do you feel taller? Wider? no? then why should the ship distort?