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Published:January 18th, 2006 10:30 EST
Warp Speed, Now!

Warp Speed, Now!

By Sean Stubblefield

A new theory in quantum physics recently announced proposes the potential development of a hyperdrive engine that, theoretically, would propel a vessel into and through a hyperspace dimension to achieve a mode of faster than light travel. Not unlike the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek, or the Millennium Falcon of Star Wars. Based on a theory devised in the 1950s by German physicist Burkhard Heim, this engine could, it is estimated, enable a trip to Mars in 3 hours, and a voyage to a star 11 light years distant in 80 days.

Assuming it works. Walter Dröscher and Jochem Häuser, the heralds of this unique project, hope and intend to prove the claims they presented in a paper called "Guidelines for a space propulsion device based on Heim's quantum theory", which are currently being subjected to intense scrutiny.


Don’t ask me to explain or describe the details involved, because the subject is way beyond my comprehension. Heim’s theory is said to be so revolutionary and complex that the majority of physicists who have evaluated the ideas in their proposal find it confusing and difficult to make sense of. Most physicists are not even aware of this theory or the principles behind it.

Hyperspace? Sounds like science fiction. But once upon a time, television, computers and cellular phones would have been considered the fanciful imaginings of sci-fi. Now they’re commonplace.

This proposal has attracted the attention of the United States military, which is both disturbing and encouraging in its implications. Although still an untested theory requiring experimentation to prove its feasibility and application, the prospect of a hyperspace engine created in the near future— possibly even in our lifetime, for some of us-- is very exciting. Just the fact that such a remarkable thing is being pursued now, that maybe it can be pursued, is extraordinary. The value of this contribution to space travel would be incredible, and non-trivial.