Saturday, December 27, 2014

Man Works on Warp Drive in His Garage

Working Toward a Warp Drive in His Garage Lab
David Pares points to the Faraday cage that he uses in his warp drive experiments in the garage of his Aksarben-area home.

By Casey Logan

     You might not believe any of this stuff. But suspend your disbelief for a moment and make space for something incredible. . . .

. . . Like here in David Pares’ garage. . . .

Pares is making his own warp drive.

To hear him and his small team of supporters tell it, something weird is happening out here in the garage.

“The compression of the fabric of space,” Pares says matter-of-factly.

Pares’ garage is exactly as it sounds. This is not some converted hangar or temperature-controlled shed. Pares’ laboratory, the headquarters for his Space Warp Dynamics endeavor, is attached to the mid-size Aksarben-area home where he lives with his wife and their cat. It is split in halves, each side large enough to accommodate a not-very-large car. It is hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It is a garage.

On average, Pares spends a couple of hours a day here almost every day of the week. To bend the fabric of space, he sits in front of a tray of instruments, twisting knobs and glancing every now and then into a Faraday cage, where a 3.5-pound weight hangs inside an electrically isolated case. Outside the case hangs a strange instrument made up of V-shape panels with fractal arrays on the surfaces. The instrument is the latest version of what Pares believes is the world’s first low-power warp drive motor.

He turns around and points to the back of his garage door, where a red laser — beamed at the weight and reflected back against the door to demonstrate the movement happening in the case — drifts from its original spot. Slowly, in incremental amounts, the weight is drawn toward the V-shape motor.

“You’re not supposed to be able to do this,” Pares says. . . .

* Special Thanks to Scott Ramsey

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