Approaching The Final FrontierNov. 24, 2008
Two Baylor University scientists have come up with a new method to cause a spaceship to effectively travel faster than the speed of light, without breaking the laws of physics.
Dr. Gerald Cleaver, associate professor of physics at Baylor, and Richard Obousy, a Baylor graduate student, theorize that by manipulating the extra spatial dimensions of string theory around a spaceship with an extremely large amount of energy, it would create a "bubble" that could cause the ship to travel faster than the speed of light. Cleaver suggests envisioning "a surfer riding a wave."
The Baylor physicists estimate that the amount of energy needed to influence the extra dimension is equivalent to the entire mass of Jupiter being converted into pure energy for a ship measuring roughly 10 meters by 10 meters by 10 meters.
"That is an enormous amount of energy," Cleaver said. "We are still a very long ways off before we could create something to harness that type of energy."
The paper was published in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society and has has garnered the attention of a variety of outlets, including USA Today, MSNBC, Fox News, The Discovery Channel, The Telegraph UK, United Press International and Wired magazine.