Elon Musk & Nasa’s New Light Speed Engine Defies Laws Of Physics!:- Elon Musk & NASA’s New Light Speed Engine! You’d be instantly where you want to be if you moved at the speed of light.
Indeed, light-speed travel has been a fantasy of many scientists and aerospace engineers who look for ways to achieve it. And now, it seems Elon Musk and NASA have broken that fantasy code to build a light-speed engine that defies the laws of physics.
As of right now, nothing can travel faster than light and our best aerospace companies cannot make it work. No known object can travel faster than the speed of light in a vacuum, which is 299,792 km/s, according to Albert Einstein’s special theory of relativity.
Because of this speed restriction, it is doubtful that humans will ever be able to send spacecraft beyond our Milky Way’s immediate neighborhood.
Hippolyte Fizeau made the first experimental measurement of the speed of light. He devised a brilliant improvement on Galileo’s method. A beam of light was directed onto a quickly moving cog-wheel in his experiment.
The light is chopped up into very small pulses by the teeth of the turning gear. These pulses traveled around 8 kilometers to Fizeau’s properly oriented mirror.
The reflected light pulse could only reach Fizeau on the way back by passing through one of the cog-wheels gaps. What was the result? The light pulse always returned to Fizeau through the same gap in the cog’s teeth at slow speeds.
However, as Fizeau turned the wheel faster, the pulse was stopped by the next tooth at a specific speed. Fizaeau could calculate how long it took light to reach 16 kilometers by knowing the rotational speed – and consequently how quickly the light must be traveling.
His incredible speed of 315,000 km/s was within around 5% of our most recent laser data. The quicker anything moves, the more enormous it becomes, and the slower time becomes – until it reaches the speed of light, at which point time ceases to exist.
We currently do not have a practically workable solution to this problem. We also want our spacecraft and its payload to safely reach its destination, right? This is what led Albert Einstein to propose his famous theory of relativity later on.
What if you strapped a torch to the front of a moving rocket if light has a finite speed? Isn’t it true that the light from this flame travels faster than the speed of light? With multiple thought experiments, Einstein puzzled over this issue and came up with a bizarre solution: the motion of an item must cause the time to slow down in some way.
Time, at least theoretically, was no longer constant, and relativity was formed. Physicists will forever be physicists though, and Erik Lentz, a researcher from the University of Gottingen in Germany, has proposed that faster-than-light travel could work within Einstein’s theory of relativity.
One method we might be able to do this, according to Lentz, is through a new class of hyper-fast solitons — a type of wave that keeps its shape and energy while flowing at a constant speed (and in this case, a velocity faster than light).
These hyper-fast soliton solutions can exist within general relativity, according to Lentz’s theoretical calculations, and are sourced solely from positive energy densities, removing the need to explore exotic negative-energy-density sources that have yet to be proved.
Configurations of these solitons may act as ‘warp bubbles,’ capable of superluminal travel and theoretically allowing an item to move through space-time while being sheltered from tremendous tidal forces if they had enough energy.
“The energy required for this drive traveling at light speed encompassing a spacecraft of 100 meters in radius is on the order of hundreds of times the mass of the planet Jupiter,” Lentz says.
“The energy savings would need to be drastic, of approximately 30 orders of magnitude to be in the range of modern nuclear fission reactors.”
While Lentz’s research claims to be the first of its sort, it was published almost simultaneously with another recent work that presents an alternative model for a physically plausible warp drive that does not require negative energy to operate.
Both teams are now in communication, according to Lentz, and the researcher plans to share his data with other scientists so they may investigate his findings. There are still a lot of issues to solve, but the unfettered flow of these kinds of ideas is our best chance of ever visiting neighboring galaxies.
The most promising or at least the most thought-out faster-than-light engine concept so far has been the Helical Engine, proposed by NASA engineer David Burns.
He claims to have developed an engine design that could hypothetically accelerate to 99 percent of the speed of light without the use of propellant.
On paper, it works by exploiting the way mass may change at relativistic speeds – those close to the speed of light in a vacuum – and he’s put it to the NASA Technical Reports Server under the title “Helical Engine.” It is yet to be reviewed by a professional.
This study has generated a lot of hype, comparable to the early days of the EM Drive, a previous light-speed engine concept. Yes, there have been reports that the engine could ‘break the rules of physics.’
Burns depicts a box with a weight inside, threaded on a line, and a spring at each end bouncing the weight back and forth as a thought experiment to convey his concept. In a vacuum, such as space, this would cause the entire box to wobble, with the weight appearing to remain still.
Overall, the box would continue to wiggle in the same area; however, if the weight’s mass were to increase in only one direction, it would provide a higher push and so thrust in that direction.
This should not be entirely conceivable, according to the concept of momentum conservation, which states that a system’s momentum remains constant in the absence of any external pressures. Objects gain mass when they approach light speed, according to special relativity.
So, if the weight is replaced with ions and the box is replaced with a loop, the ions can theoretically move quicker at one end of the loop and slower at the other. Burns’ drive, on the other hand, isn’t a single closed loop.
It’s helical, like a stretched spring, which is why it’s called a “helical engine.” “The engine accelerates ions confined in a loop to moderate relativistic speeds and then varies their velocity to make slight changes to their mass.
The engine then moves ions back and forth along the direction of travel to produce thrust,” he wrote in his abstract. “The engine has no moving parts other than ions traveling in a vacuum line, trapped inside electric and magnetic fields.”
The helical chamber, according to New Scientist, however, would have to be quite huge. To be accurate, it is 200 meters (656 feet) long and 12 meters (40 feet) in diameter. To produce 1 newton of thrust, it would need to generate 165 megawatts of electricity.
The force required to accelerate a kilogram of mass per second squared is the equivalent of a power station. So much input for such a small outcome. It’s extremely inefficient. It may just work in the vacuum of space though, “The engine itself would be able to get to 99 percent the speed of light if you had enough time and power,” Burns told New Scientist.
Burns mentions the inefficiency issue in his presentation, as well as the fact that his work hasn’t been verified by specialists and that his arithmetic may contain errors. Nobody has blueprint designs for a near-light-speed, light-speed, or faster-than-light engine.
As for SpaceX, they’re focused on turning a profit from aerospace ventures that could realistically work. They don’t exactly need faster-than-light travel to reach Mars either. Regardless, that hasn’t stopped celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson from asking him to spend effort towards the creation of faster-than-light travel.
Tyson sent Musk a short letter on Twitter, asking when the entrepreneur will stop tinkering with Mars rockets, Hyperloops, Cybertrucks, and brain-computer interfaces and instead focus his efforts on inventing a warp drive like the ones seen in Star Trek to propel spaceships across galaxies.
“Sincerely, Space Geeks of the World,” he signed it. Musk isn’t about to transform SpaceX and Tesla into side enterprises, so he responded to Tyson on Twitter with a persuasive case for sticking to his main jobs.
“If we create a city on Mars, Earth-Mars travel will be a powerful forcing function for inventing something like warp drive.” All of Tyson’s requests were made in good fun. The TV personality is a big Star Trek fan.
Musk, on the other hand, has stated that his favorite film is the original Star Wars. This Twitter back and forth-isn’t going to affect Musk’s course or bring us any closer to a true warp drive.
Nor should we hold out for a functioning faster-than-light travel engine from NASA either, as any real result is unlikely to materialize any time soon, even though research into the technology is progressing very well.
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