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Re: starship-design: crossing the light speed barrier?

In a message dated 10/24/98 4:36:26 PM, kevin@urly-bird.com wrote:

>Hi, It has been suggested that travel above the speed of light 
>is possible, but no one has any idea how to skip travel exactly 
>at the speed of light.  I have also seen people discussing that 
>tunneling particles travel in zero time, so it got me thinking...
>What if a ship, going just below light speed, could cause each 
>of it's subatomic particles to tunnel in the same direction and 
>at the same time.  Wouldn't the ship be traveling faster than 
>the speed of light?  Firing retro rockets at that point, would 
>cause the ship to travel even faster, and when we re-emerged 
>from the tunneling, we would find ourselves going just a bit 
>higher than light speed.
>I'm only speculating on the simultaneous tunneling, not the FTL
>travel, I don't want to rehash all the FTL stuff.  could it be
>possible to make a macroscopic item behave quantumly, by making
>all of the object's atoms behave quantumly, at the same time and
>in the same manner.  But controlling each one individually.
>Of course this level of control is not even remotely possible,
>I'm just dreaming out loud here.
>Kevin Houston

I suppose in theory its a maybe.  Haven't a clue beyond that though.