Speed Reads

The future has arrived

This is what NASA's warp drive spaceship might look like

Nothing can travel through the space-time continuum faster than the speed of light.

NASA engineer and physicist Harold White announced in 2012 that he was working on an idea that squeezes the space-time continuum itself to make space travel faster than the speed of light, like in Star Trek, allowing for interstellar voyages in days or weeks rather than years.

White's collaborator Mark Rademaker has created a CGI design concept for the warp ship. In true Star Trek tradition, they’ve christened it the IXS Enterprise.

The main goal, at least for now, though is getting young people interest in science, and scientific careers. Rademaker told The Washington Post: "We wanted to have a decent image of a theory conforming Warp ship to motivate young people to pursue a STEM career."