guys, NASA successfully tested a propulsion drive that doesn't use propellant what the fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu— Aaron Linde (@aaronlinde) April 30, 2015
"Dr. White proposed that the EM Drive’s thrust was due to the Quantum Vacuum (the quantum state with the lowest possible energy) behaving like propellant ions behave in a MagnetoHydroDynamics drive (a method electrifying propellant and then directing it with magnetic fields to push a spacecraft in the opposite direction) for spacecraft propulsion."
"In Dr. White’s model, the propellant ions of the MagnetoHydroDynamics drive are replaced as the fuel source by the virtual particles of the Quantum Vacuum, eliminating the need to carry propellant."
Though reports that NASA has accidentally created warp drive remain premature, the breakthrough could have enormous significance for space travel.
Ted has been going full-aggro all day because some unsourced, made-up article about NASA discovering warp-drive has gone viral on Facebook— Jenn Frank (@jennatar) April 28, 2015
If scientists manage to hook up the drive to a nuclear power source, suddenly the galaxy would feel a lot smaller — with a trip to Mars lasting about 70 days, with a 90 day stay on the surface and 70 days back, as opposed to the current three years.
A trip to the moon could take as little as four hours.