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Re: starship-design: crossing the light speed barrier?
In a message dated 10/24/98 4:36:26 PM, email@example.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.
I suppose in theory its a maybe. Haven't a clue beyond that though.