With the amount it’s used in science fiction, the idea of warp speed, or traveling faster than the speed of light, almost feels like it’s as real as photosynthesis or swiping right.
A few years ago NASA engineer Harold White made headlines when he announced he would begin theorizing ways we could potentially travel faster than the speed of light.
Designer Mark Rademaker teamed up with White and recently released some of his designs for a faster-than-light spaceship.
Named the IXS Enterprise, the vehicle would have the capability to expand spacetime behind it making it propel forward. The Enterprise would utilize rings to manipulate spacetime, allowing travel to other galaxies take as long as a road trip across the country.
In an email to the Washington Post, Rademaker stated, “The rings are most important as they will form the Warp bubble. The way they are designed now will reduce the energy requirement needed to form the bubble. (By quite a large factor.) Also we tried to fill up as much space within the rings, it’s expensive to leave that open or unused.”
Rademaker uploaded his designs to Flickr, which you can see below.