Welcome to the future, when spaceships can go faster than the speed of light and look absolutely gorgeous while ferrying us to the stars.
NASA physicist Harold White has been tinkering with plans for a faster-than-light engine the past few years, based on ideas pitched in Miguel Alcubierre’s 1994 paper "The Warp Drive: Hyper-Fast Travel Within General Relativity,” which proposes a way to actually “warp” spacetime in front of and behind a spacecraft.
It’s the stuff of science fiction, but White feels confident that the science is sound, and he’s teamed up with artist Mark Rademaker to put together some concept art for what the warp drive and accompanying starship might actually look like, ya know, if NASA had any money and could actually build it.
You can check out one stunning shot of the design above, which encompass a ship at the center of two enormous rings used to create a warp bubble. It's a gorgeous design, and we'd love to see even more. You can find some more pics at Rademaker’s Flickr account.
For a bit more information, check out a video interview of Rademaker talking about the design below, kicking in at about the 41:54 mark: