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.
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