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Is it really possible to go "light speed" or faster in a space craft and not hit anything?

Given the mechanics of quantum physics, possibly.
But I personally think it’s impossible to travel light speed and not hit something. We just can’t chart all things in space and a catastrophe is bound to happen.

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  1. It’s not possible to travel at or faster than the speed of light in a spaceship period, so whether or not you would hit something is a non-issue.

  2. Yeah, on the macro scale, as far as we know, light speed is impossible anyway. But even if it were, I think you’re right – there’s so much junk in space – even something very small could seriously damage a ship going that fast.

  3. In reality, you are probably right, and if you’re not, we definitely won’t be around to see this kind of thing.
    Theoretically, however, with enough preparation it would be possible to chart a course to be traversed at light speed. This is under the assumption that this speed can even be reached, though. It has been proven that particles of radiation can be accellerated to speed up to around 300 times the speed of light, but these are just atomic particles and for short distances.

  4. nothing goes faster than the speed of light, bigmatt (especially not 300x faster). what you may have seen is that you can slow the speed that a particular light ray is traveling by putting it in medium other than empty space, in which case something may travel faster than that speed, but not faster than c.
    things become more massive as they accelerate (E=mc^2), and if a particle of any mass were to reach the speed of light, it would be infinitley massive, even an atomic particle

  5. The speed of light is said to be the fasted speed at which anything can possiblly travel (186 000 miles per second aprox). In a place where there is absolutly no energy present at all, the temperature is refered to as absolute zero. This is because it is the lowest possible temperature that can exist. The reason for this is that heat is caused by the pressence of energy and you cannot have less energy pressent in a place than none at all. In a similar kind of way, light speed could be refered to as absolute velocity.
    There is nothing naturally occuring that moves any faster.
    Theories like the theory of relativity and others surgest that, for a person to be travelling at the speed of light, time would basiclly not be passing for them at all, they would also appear have no length and would be of infinate mass. These things being said it seems very unlikely that it would be possible for matter to travel at light speed and certainly not beyond it.
    I think man kind’s understanding of the spacetime continueum is still extreemly limited and I would maybe disagree with some of the people who say it is deffinately not possible for the anything other than light or radiowaves etc to travel at light speed, however……..
    if it is possible, it would not be by or relate to any idea or principle which is understood by mankind today and would not be until the distant future im sure and that’s even if it is possible at all.
    One things for sure, there would be a lot more difficault problems to overcome than just how to accelerate a spacecraft to that speed. I wonder what technology will be like in the future, only around 400 years ago people still beleived the world was flat and that u would fall of the edge if u went too far so whatever it will be like, we could not possiblly comprehend it today.

  6. if you some how had an unlimited supply of fule on a rocket and it kept on running and speeding up the space craft, it would eventually reach the speed of light ye? wel then what is going to stop you from going faster than the speed of light? something like a rev limiter? lol

  7. im pretty sure it is impossible to go the speed of light but if it were it would be extremly hard to plot where all space junk would be considering you would have to plot it for where it owuld be hundreds of years from now. that is if you trust the theory of relativity.

  8. you can travel at 99.9 percent of the speed of light if you can cloke your gravity and interia by the same amount. if your craft had relitivly little mass gravity you can trick some of the pitfalls of traveling at near the speed of light. they have already made discoverys in gravity modification in labs that have been made public some say alot more done in private. if your flying in a gravity warp bubble and you are traveling near the speed of light anything that enters the field outside of the craft will have the same relitive amount of inertia and will have little effect on the ship if the ship somehow managed to move at a great speed but was not enveloped in a gravity reduction field the impact of even the smallest particle would wipe out your ship. read this
    Many readers of this list are probably already familiar with Edgar Fouche’s description of the USA’s Top Secret TR-3B triangular shaped nuclear powered aerospace craft. If not, read about it here: http://fouchemedia.com/arap/speech.htm
    Mr. Fouche describes the TR-3B’s propulsion system as follows:
    “A circular, plasma filled accelerator ring called the Magnetic Field Disrupter, surrounds the rotatable crew compartment and is far ahead of any imaginable technology… The plasma, mercury based, is pressurized at 250,000 atmospheres at a temperature of 150 degrees Kelvin, and accelerated to 50,000 rpm to create a super-conductive plasma with the resulting gravity disruption.
    The MFD generates a magnetic vortex field, which disrupts or neutralizes the effects of gravity on mass within proximity, by 89 percent…
    The current MFD in the TR-3B causes the effect of making the vehicle extremely light, and able to outperform and outmaneuver any craft yet …My sources say the performance is limited only the stresses that the human pilots can endure. Which is a lot, really, considering along with the 89% reduction in mass, the G forces are also reduced by 89%.
    The crew of the TR-3B should be able to comfortable take up to 40Gs… Reduced by 89%, the occupants would feel about 4.2 Gs.
    The TR-3Bs propulsion is provided by 3 multimode thrusters mounted at each bottom corner of the triangular platform. The TR-3 is a sub-Mach 9 vehicle until it reaches altitudes above l20,000 feet – then who knows how fast it can go!…”
    I was skeptical of Mr. Fouche’s claims when I first read them, as I’m sure that many of you are, but I was interested enough to do further research on what happens when you spin a plasma at high speeds in a ring (toroidal) configuration. I came across a physics article (sorry, I can’t seem to locate the source right now) that described this exact configuration. The article said that, surprisingly, the charged particles of the plasma don’t just spin uniformly around the ring, but they tend to take up a synchronized, tightly pitched, helical (screw thread) motion as they move around the ring. This can be understood in a general way as follows: the charged particles moving around the ring act as a current that in turn sets up a magnetic field around the ring. It is a well-known fact that electrons (or ions) tend to move in a helical fashion around magnetic field lines. Although it is a highly complex interaction, it only requires a small leap of faith to believe that the end result of these interactions between the moving charged particles (current) and associated magnetic fields results in the helical motion described above. In other words, the charged particles end up moving in very much the same pattern as the current on a wire tightly wound around a toroidal core.
    I thought that this was an interesting fact, but didn’t see how it could possibly relate to antigravity, until I ran across the following article: “Guidelines to Antigravity” by Dr. Robert Forward, written in 1962 (available at: http://www.whidbey.com/forward/pdf/tp007.pdf). Dr. Forward’s article describes several little known aspects of Einstein’s General Relativity Theory that indicate how moving matter can create unusual gravitational effects. When I saw Figure 5 in Dr. Forward’s article, the pieces of the puzzle all fell together. I instantly saw how the moving matter pattern that Dr. Forward describes as necessary to generate a gravitational dipole was exactly the same as the plasma ring pattern described in the physics article discussed above! If Fouche’s description is even close to correct, then the TR-3B utilizes this little known loophole in General Relativity Theory to create it’s antigravity effects! Even though the TR-3B can only supposedly cancel 89% of gravity (and inertia) today, there is no reason why the technology can’t be improved to exceed 100% and achieve true antigravity capability!
    In theory, this same moving matter pattern could be mechanically reproduced by mounting a bunch of small gyroscopes all around the larger ring, with their axis on the larger ring, and then spinning both the gyroscopes and the ring at high speeds. However, as Dr. Forward points out any such mechanical system would probably fly apart before any significant antigravity effects could be generated. However, as Dr. Forward states, “By using electromagnetic forces to contain rotating systems, it would be possible for the masses to reach relativistic velocities; thus a comparatively small amount of matter, if dense enough and moving fast enough, could produce usable gravitational effects.”
    The requirement for a dense material moving at relativistic speeds would explain the use of Mercury plasma (heavy ions). If the plasma really spins at 50,000 RPM and the Mercury ions are also moving in a tight pitched spiral, then the individual ions would be moving probably hundreds, perhaps thousands of times faster than the bulk plasma spin, in order to execute their “screw thread” motions. It is quite conceivable that the ions could be accelerated to relativistic speeds in this manner. I am guessing that you would probably want to strip the free electrons from the plasma, making a positively charged plasma, since the free electrons would tend to counter rotate and reduce the efficiency of the antigravity device.
    One of Einstein’s postulates of GR says that gravitational mass and inertial mass are equivalent. This is consistent with Mr. Fouche’s claim that inertial mass within the plasma ring is also reduced by 89%. This would also explain why the vehicle is triangular shaped. Since it still requires conventional thrusters for propulsion, the thrusters would need to be located outside of the “mass reduction zone” or else the mass of the thruster’s reaction material would also be reduced, making them terribly inefficient. Since it requires a minimum of 3 legs to have a stable stool, it follows that they would need a minimum of 3 thrusters to have a stable aerospace platform. Three thrusters, located outside of the plasma ring, plus appropriate structural support, would naturally lead to a triangular shape for the vehicle.
    I was extremely skeptical of Mr. Fouche’s claimed size for the TR-3B, of 600 feet across. At first, I thought that this must be a typo. Why would anyone in their right mind build a “Tactical Reconnaissance” vehicle 2 football fields long? They must be nuts! However, the answer to this may also be found in Dr. Forward’s paper. As Dr. Forward’s puts it, “…even the most optimistic calculations indicate that very large devices will be required to create usable gravitational forces. Antigravity…like all modern sciences, will require special projects involving large sums of money, men, and energy.”
    FYI: This article has been posted to KeelyNet. You have permission to post it on your Web site, as long as proper creditation is provided.
    P.S. Dr. Forward has also written a number of other articles that may be of interest to readers of this list. They are located at: http://www.whidbey.com/forward/TechPubs.html.
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