UPDATE ON THAT NASA/DARPA WARP DRIVE INITIATIVE

While I have blogged before, about the story that NASA has been doing investigation and limited proof of concept experiments in "warp drive", and while I have also blogged about DARPA's goal to have the USA be "warp capable" in 100 years, this story shared by Mr. J.K. caught my attention because of one significant detail which is the occasion for today's "high octane speculation." Granted, the story has been around for a few years, but this one little detail, if true, adds something very unusual and potentially significant to it.

NASA Admits Alcubierre Drive Initiative: Faster Than The Speed Of Light

The story, datelined March 24th of this year, is, as I have said, not new. Searching for "Harold Sonny White" or "Warp Drive" on this website will pull up those earlier articles and blogs for you; there are quite a few. See particularly:

WARP DRIVE CAPABILITY AMONG THE GOALS OF DARPA: PART ONE

WARP DRIVE CAPABILITY AMONG THE GOALS OF DARPA: PART TWO

The article with which we are presently concerned, however, states this:

In 2010, NASA physicist Harold White revealed that he and a team were working on a design for this faster-than-light ship, and this is the most recent design of what such a ship might actually look like. As you can see in the image, the ship rests between two enormous rings, which create the warp bubble.

This too, is not new news, for indeed, the slide shown in the article is, if my memory serves me correctly, from one of Dr. White's slide presentations summarizing the work he is doing for NASA in the area. The "ship" with its ring-like engines has been shown before, in various configurations, and by Dr. White.

What is new here is a detail mentioned in the very next paragraph. And when I say "new", again, I am basing this on memory: I do not recall this detail being mentioned elsewhere, or in previous articles in which I have blogged about this story. It may indeed have already been mentioned, but at the time, I did not appreciate its significance. If it was not previously mentioned in any article about NASA/DARPA's warp drive research, then a little more of the veil has been pulled back.

In either case, the detail is significant in my opinion:

Artist Mark Rademaker worked on the project with White. In the release, Rademaker asserts that he spent over 1,600 hours working on the design. The ship is called the IXS Enterprise, and it is meant to fit the concept for a Faster Than Light ship. Mike Okuda also brought input, and designed the Ship’s insignia. (Emphasis added)

What we're being asked to believe is that 1600 hours was spent in artistic design. I can believe that, truly, for such design can be time consuming. But what I'm really wondering here is what Mr. Rademaker may have been working off of: clearly, the one feature common to Dr. White's presentations and to this most recent version are the "circular engines." The concept, in other words, is consistent over time. It is this feature, plus the amount of time Mr. Rademaker spent with it, which suggests to me that besides doing limited proof of concept experiments in the area, actual design studies are already being made, based upon Dr. White's modifications to Alcubierre's equations. The design, we are told, is meant to fit the concept, and this suggests the concept is much further along in terms of the practicalities and layout than meets the eye.

Let that one sink in for a moment: the basic design concept has - at least of this moment - been ascertained, time consuming designs are being done to the point of getting artist's renditions. This implies not just sketches, but blueprints, computer-aided-design printouts, studies, commentary, and so on.

And all of it is, of course, very very secret.

All of this is very very speculative, and based on a rather close parsing of the words of the article. But the bottom line is, those words are very suggestive.

And all of this, in turn, requires lots and lots and lots of money... missing money, perhaps...

See you on the slip side...

 

 

9 thoughts on “UPDATE ON THAT NASA/DARPA WARP DRIVE INITIATIVE”

  1. I say the forerunner of this technology goes back to Nichola Tesler at lest. But this fits the Ben Rich rule sixty to a hundred years ahead. And we a paying for this technology and not benefiting from it.

  2. Usually the art accompanying NASA’s various space science articles simply say, “artist’s concept”. It’s very unusual to see an artist’s name announced within this context, as they seem to always be anonymous. Furthermore, mentioning Michael Okuda, a graphic designer best known for his work on Star Trek, who “also brought input [and] designed the Ship’s insignia,” is not cheap, nor would it be necessary if this wasn’t an attempt to concretize this project beyond fantasy. This isn’t pre-production on episodic scifi tv or a movie franchise. It’s for real! Identifying the details re: the time required for rendering the ship’s design, including the artist’s name, then tying an insignia-ribbon on the spacecraft, demonstrates very serious roll-out intentions. Despite the article’s disclaimer’s that scientists doubt this technology is possible anytime soon, this has all the signs of a marketing campaign geared to let the public know – as Richard C. Hoagland is oft to say – that we are about “to go where someone has gone before.” Or perhaps as a famous toy was known to remark: “To infinity … and beyond!”

  3. Dark Journalist must have been satisfied to see that the name of this “phantom ship” has an “X” in it, though I don’t think he has cited it yet in his “X steganography” presentations.

  4. Mike Okuda was a lead graphic designer for the Star Trek Next Generation franchise. Putting him on the art team for the warp ship, in my opinion, may obscure how serious these designs really are.

  5. “And all of it is, of course, very very secret.” drew a smile from me. How “secret” could it possibly be with the designed in back doors in Intel, and possibly other, processors over the last 20+ years. Anyone believing NASA hasn’t been targeted by the designers/owners of these back doors is dreaming. If any of the computers used for this design work is connected to a network which has internet access, that work is far from “secure”.

  6. PYRAMID HAIKU 48
    Round table zodiac.
    Giza gas chamber sky scroll.
    By starlight written.

    Moving beyond boundaries of earthly matters, by gazing into heaven’s immeasurable deepness, causes profound transfiguration in spectator.

    Kingdom of heaven – in heaven on earth – has no tyrant ruler. Trains are on time, because king is chronometry.

    Analog clock – the “Nazi propeller” – is ancient celestial navigation.

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