Saturday, 28 October 2017

NASA's IXS Enterprise

Old news, perhaps, but this is NASA'S futuristic star ship, the IXS Enterprise. Named after the Star Trek's USS Enterprise, it is a conceptual superluminal spacecraft designed by NASA scientist Dr. Harold G. White and revealed at SpaceVision 2013, designed for the goal of achieving warp travel.
The conceptual spacecraft would be a modified version of the Alcubierre drive* which uses exotic matter (not to be confused with antimatter) to travel faster than light.
While the concept had been out since 2013 the design of IXS Enterprise was popularized in June 2014 after a series of media outlets reported on the conceptual artwork done by Dutch artist Mark Rademaker in collaboration with NASA. According to Mark Rademaker, over 1,600 hours have been spent on the conceptual artwork that he created.

* The Alcubierre drive is a speculative idea based on a solution of Einstein's field equations in general relativity as proposed by theoretical physicist Miguel Alcubierre, by which a spacecraft could achieve apparent faster-than-light travel if a configurable energy-density field lower than that of vacuum (that is, negative mass) could be created.

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