NASA have announced that they have recently observed something in one of their experiments which appears to show something travelling Faster Than Light (FTL) or having ‘superluminal’ properties.
Yes, you heard correctly. Faster than light.
In an experiment with their Electromagnetic Drive (or EM drive for short, pictured below) they found that if they fire lasers into the Resonance Chamber of the EM Drive (where Electromagnetic waves are resonated to increase intensity), that some resultant beams of light were traveling faster than they should have been- therefore violating Einstein’s law that ‘c’ (speed of light, or 299 792 458 meters per second) is the universal maximum speed in the universe.
The EM Drive uses no moving parts in order to create thrust in a vaccum, something which was met with skepticism as it was widely believed in order to move one direction, you need something that moves to push something else in the other direction in order to gain momentum. The EM Drive uses a Magnetron to generate Radio Frequencies, or microwaves, and then to amplify them as a propellant.
As you may or may not know, light is just an electromagnetic wave, so firing lasers into the EM Drive was the next logical step.
If this is true, and I sincerely hope it is- unlike the 2011 CERN mistake- then this is a total game changer. The premise of Interstellar might not be Science fiction, rather a preview of what is to come.
“This signature (the interference pattern) on the EmDrive looks just like what a warp bubble looks like. And the math behind the warp bubble apparently matches the interference pattern found in the EmDrive.”
The above quote was taken from one of NASA’s blogs. This is the only way in which superluminal travel is possible without violating the theory of relativity.
NASASpaceFlight.com, a website for the engineering and technical side of space news, report that NASA has a tool to measure variances in the path-time of light.
When lasers were fired through the EmDrive’s resonance chamber, it measured significant variances and, more importantly, found that some of the beams appeared to travel faster than the speed of light
So, what happens next?
In order to prove that the warp effect was not caused by atmospheric heating, or something else, NASA will repeat the test in a vacuum. If the same results are achieved, it means that the EmDrive is producing a warp bubble, which could ultimately lead to the development of a warp drive.
Fingers crossed that this is not just an anomaly, and that the greatest discovery in science yet will happen in our short life time.