Professor Miguel Alcubierre joins Icarus as an Honorary Member of Project XP4

posted by admin on May 30, 2014

Miguel Alcubierre

Icarus Interstellar is thrilled to announce that Professor Miguel Alcubierre has joined the XP4 team as an Honorary Member.

Prof. Miguel Alcubierre was born in Mexico City in 1964.  He obtained his Physicist degree from the National University in Mexico (UNAM) in 1988, and a PhD in Physics from the University of Wales in 1994.  He later worked for several years as an Adjunct Professor at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam, Germany.  Since 2002 he joined the Nuclear Sciences Institute at UNAM where he is now a Full Professor, and since June 2012 Director. Considered the father of the warp drive, his 1995 paper was the first to rigorously study the warp drive metric, made famous in sci-fi series such as Star Trek.

His research is in the area of numerical relativity, which is concerned with the computational simulation of astrophysical systems using Einstein’s theory of general relativity.  In this area he has concentrated on the study of sources of gravitational waves, and particularly black hole collisions.  He is author of more than 50 publications, as well as a textbook published by Oxford University Press.


Director, former President of Icarus Interstellar and Founder of XP4, Dr Richard Obousy says “I’m really pleased that Professor Alcubierre has agreed to join this group. I was 17 years old when he published his famous paper, and I discovered it while working on my undergraduate thesis at Leicester University in 1999.” Obousy continues, “The work inspired me to pursue a PhD in theoretical physics and to think about novel forms of spacecraft propulsion myself.”

With Professor Alcubierre joining Project XP4, Icarus Interstellar has, what might be, the highest concentration of warp drive mechanics luminaries ever assembled, joined by Dr. Eric Davis, Dr. Richard Obousy and Dr. Sonny White.

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13 Responses to Professor Miguel Alcubierre joins Icarus as an Honorary Member of Project XP4

  1. John Pattullo says:

    now all get together and make it real – eagerly awaiting reading an article pronoucing the light speed barrier has been broken

  2. Asher Syed says:

    Excellent news!

  3. Rick says:

    “Perfect Fluid” Is the Dark Matter or space fabric that needs to be manipulated in order to reach faster than light speeds. The minute resistance caused by the “Perfect Fluid” is what prevents faster than light travel.

  4. John says:

    So, how is this negative energy needed for warp drive generated?

    • John Pattullo says:

      might be wrong here(i am by no means a physicist), but i think its not negative energy as such, its the whole zero point energy thing, the energy that exists but is below the average energy of a vacuum – i think the casamir effect is the most cited example of this

  5. Rick says:

    “Perfect Fluid” was ejected with all matter in the Big Bang. Space was a true vacuum before the Big Bang which allowed material to expand faster than light. Now the “perfect fluid” is everywhere you must imagine space as a ocean. You cannot move fast under water due to the waters resistance. Space is the same but the resistance is so small we don’t realize it’s there. To break the speed of light you must stop the resistance caused by the “Perfect Fluid”. This theory goes on and on explaining black holes too dark matter. If your interested I can forward my paper.

    • John Pattullo says:

      if your theory is published in a peer reviewed science journal then great stuff but it sounds like scifi home armchair theorizing to me – if i’m wrong and you are a published physicist then i apologize

      • Peter Diehr says:

        The referenced remark is not a theory – it is a hypothesis. Support for this hypothesis could, perhaps, be constructed by a careful analysis of current theory, observational data, and experimental results … and then a proposal for experimental testing could be constructed. If the hypothesis yields no experimental consequences … then it cannot be transformed into a theory. Otherwise, the experiments/observations would have to be performed, and then analyzed.

        This requires a lot of work at each step. In the mean time, it is, as you say suggest, little more than armchair noodling.

        That’s why they say “Ideas are a dime a dozen”.

  6. Rick Whitt says:

    So if your not published your wrong? Every single theory started out as “arm chair” sci fi. But you have to start somewhere. I have yet too prove or disprove my theory. Maybe someday someone will give it a little more consideration. Instead of dismissing it right away. If it’s right it will change everything, if I’m wrong I’ll try again..

    • John Pattullo says:

      put it this way, is there any maths to back up your theory? is there any observational evidence? have you applied any scientific method to test your hypothesis or is it just an idea you came up with?

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  8. Carlo says:

    Very good question, and one I don’t know the asewnr to. I wouldn’t want to hit something while travelling faster than light either – seeing as even an atom or molecule at that kind of speed!I suppose, if a warp bubble didn’t deflect things, then some other means of doing so would have to be invented before warp travel would be possible. After all, space is

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