Warp speed! Energy and drives in the far future - facts and fiction

Lecture by
Dr. Hubert Zitt

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Warp speed! Energy and drives in the far future - facts and fiction

How can we generate and store the huge amount of energy the Spaceship Enterprise needs to fly to other solar systems? And how is it possible to travel faster than light, without getting in conflict with the theory of relativity?

With a twinkle in the eyes, the visions of Star Trek will be presented by Global Top Speaker Dr. Hubert Zitt, their evolution through the ages and their enormous impact on the current state of science and technology.

In the world of science fiction the energy problem seems to be solved. In Star Trek they use small devices, such as tricorders, phasers or communicators in which a huge amount of energy can be stored. A quick look at the capacity of today's batteries shows that we are still far away from the energy storage possibilities as shown in Star Trek.

In the presentation, cold fusion and the warp reactor on the Enterprise will be explained and contrasted with today's state of the art. Here again, the disillusioning, yet challenging truth about all that remains to be done before nuclear fusion can be used as an energy source will come to light. It will also be demonstrated how impulse and warp drive work and how humanoids will manage to elegantly circumvent the restrictions of the theory of relativity concerning the speed of light (at least in Star Trek).

Contents:

  • Background information about Star Trek
  • Power supply for small devices
  • Generating energy with fusion reactors and matter/antimatter reactors
  • Gravitons, synthetic gravity and inertial damping 
  • Theories about warp drive and impulse drive
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