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Why would a warp drive move you at all?

In my understanding of how a warp drive would function... Space in front of you would contract as space behind you expands. The bubble inside would remain unchanged meaning the spacecraft doesn't ...
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Could the use of exotic matter be removed from Alcubierre Drives?

Im wondering if it is possible to create an Alcubierre Drive without any exotic matter. To clarify: What if you take normal flat space-time and you lower a section of it to far below the standard. ...
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Does the detection of gravitational waves prove we can travel faster than the speed of light?

From what I have read gravitational waves cannot travel faster than the speed of light. And since gravitational waves are part of the fabric of space, wouldn't that disprove the idea behind an ...
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Faster than Light in our lifetime? [duplicate]

I'm wondering, how likely is it that we see Faster Than Light ships in our life-time, Nasa is currently working (more like figuring the basics out) of the ...
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If we can make an Alcubierre drive, how fast can it move a ship?

Assuming we ever manage to solve the energy generation problem (and whatever other problems may face it) and build a functioning Alcubierre drive, how "fast" would we be able to travel? That is, from ...
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Alcubierre Drive and interacting with matter

What would happen when there is the warping of space occupied by matter? For example, if there is a ship propelled by the Alcubierre Drive, what would happen if it collided with something with mass? ...
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Alcubierre “warp” drive and gravitation/orbital considerations

There are a few questions regarding the Alcubierre drive here, so I'll pose this one and see what I get. Currently, our space exploration vehicles, both manned and unmanned, are at the mercy of ...
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Is warp drive a legitimate avenue of scientific investigation?

I've been reading a number of online "pop-sci" articles on the subject of "warp drive" - derived from work done initially by Alcubierre. Some of the most recent articles say that there are ...