Nasa Dr Harold White, a physicist at Nasa’s Johnson Space Centre, is conducting research to create a warp in Dr White Star Ship Enterprise in the long-running science fiction series Dr White presented an update on his work at the Icarus Interstellar Congress, where space warp.
“We found two mechanisms that can space warp.
“It was this significant reduction in energy requirements that encouraged us to go on to generate some kind of manifestation of it in the lab.
“This is not something that you can bolt to a spacecraft, this is science trying to go through to find existence proof of the physics.
“It is the first step you want to take to move from the maths to an experimental set up.”
Currently the furthest mankind has managed to venture is to the edge of our own solar system, around 11.6 billion miles from Earth.
The Voyager 1 spacecraft, which was launched in 1977, is currently on the cusp of becoming the first man-made object to leave our solar system.
The bubble would compress space and time in front of it.
Dr White is building on work by a Mexican scientist called Miguel Alcubierre who estimated that it would be possible to achieve this if an object had negative mass.
Dr White believes a spacecraft would need to be surrounded by a ring of energy.
He found that by changing the shape of the bubble and oscillating its intensity, it was possible to energy that would be required.
Dr White and his team have now set up their equipment in a laboratory that used to be used in the development of technology for the Apollo space missions in the 1960s.
The project, which he has named Eagleworks, uses a high-voltage capacitor ring that is charged up and discharged as a laser is fired through the centre.
Dr White is looking for changes in the way the light passes through it that may indicate the photons have passed through a warp bubble.
Their experiments have shown this may be possible but Dr White insisted it was too early to say anything definitive about what they have achieved.Richard Gray, Science Correspondent - Telegraph