PBS Space Time

Is The Alcubierre Warp Drive Possible?

Season 1 Episode 20 | 7m 21s | Video has closed captioning.

Inspired by Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek, physicist Miguel Alcubierre set out to transform one of the cornerstones of science fiction iconography, the Warp Drive, into reality. But is it even possible? Can we "warp" the fabric of reality so that we can break the speed of light? And why is NASA actually exploring this potentiality?

Aired: 12/01/15

Rating: NR

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