If you've never heard of the company Space Warp Dynamics don't feel bad. The organization's head office isn't in Silicon Valley or in California, Florida or Texas (conveniently close to a NASA facility). Space Warp Dynamics is based in a garage in Nebraska.
David Peres, a professor from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, is trying to “body go where no man has gone before” in his garage. Peres believes that warp travel is possible and is attempting to prove it, without funding.
It is easy to dismiss Peres. His work with warp bubbles arose from a love of Star Trek and a fascination with the Bermuda triangle. Peres became fascinate with stories of pilots who reported flying into storms and suddenly traveling vast distances in a short time. A dramatization of one such story, that of Bruce Gernon, is available on YouTube.
If you Google Gernon you’ll find a lot of links to conspiracy theory and UFO sites. Before you dismiss Peres work, however, you should know that there are people at NASA who agree with him.
For those who don't understand WTF warp travel is, I've included a video from SciShow that sums up the basics nicely in about 4 minutes.
According to the Omaha World-Herald:
On average, Pares spends a couple of hours a day here almost every day of the week. To bend the fabric of space, he sits in front of a tray of instruments, twisting knobs and glancing every now and then into a Faraday cage, where a 3.5-pound weight hangs inside an electrically isolated case. Outside the case hangs a strange instrument made up of V-shape panels with fractal arrays on the surfaces. The instrument is the latest version of what Pares believes is the world’s first low-power warp drive motor.
He turns around and points to the back of his garage door, where a red laser — beamed at the weight and reflected back against the door to demonstrate the movement happening in the case — drifts from its original spot. Slowly, in incremental amounts, the weight is drawn toward the V-shape motor.
You’re not supposed to be able to do this,” Pares says.
Whether or not warp travel is practically possible is above my pay grade. However, if it is possible it would be good to see it happen in a Nebraska garage instead of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory if only because it will make for a better story the next time they reboot Star Trek.
If you'd like more info please check out the Space Warp Dynamics website. In addition to the SciShow video, I've included a quick interview with Peres and the video from their Indigogo campaign.
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