According to Jason Major of Universe Today, while the theoretical Alcubierre warp-drives would allow us to travel faster than the speed of light without breaking the rules of Einstein's general theory of relativity, researchers have found that space particles "can get 'swept up' into the warp bubble and focused into regions before and behind the ship, as well as within the warp bubble itself." When the starship comes to a stop, these particles would turn into deadly radiation to anyone in front of them.
When the Alcubierre-driven ship decelerates from superluminal speed, the particles its bubble has gathered are released in energetic outbursts. In the case of forward-facing particles the outburst can be very energetic -- enough to destroy anyone at the destination directly in front of the ship.
"Any people at the destination," the team's paper concludes, "would be gamma ray and high energy particle blasted into oblivion due to the extreme blueshifts for [forward] region particles."
In other words, don't expect much of a welcome party.
Someone get LeVar Burton on the phone. We need this issue fixed.
|The Man Who Lived on His Bike|
|Why Cavity Bombs Would Make the TSA Irrelevant|
|North Korea's Extravagant Celebrations for Kim Il-Sung's 100th Birthday|
|A Year of Sun with Mr. Persol: Stunning Retro-Looking Animation|
|Cykno: Beautiful, Retro-Looking All-Italian Electric Bicycle|
|Garbage Sorting Robot|
|"There’s a galactic gold rush brewing."|
|Making a Movie Inside a Video Game|
|“What if energy generation was a consumer electronic you could order off Amazon?”|
|Fast, Clean, Cost-Effective Metal 3D-Printing|
|"An unabashed love letter to the 1982 motion picture Blade Runner."|
|"A helpful guide created by an unqualified individual."|
|Google Map Shows You the Most Photographed Areas of the World|
|"You only need about 100 miles by 100 miles of solar panels to power the entire United States."|
|“Robots should be fitted with an 'ethical black box' to keep track of their decisions.”|