Space travel: using ‘dark energy’ to surf the universe
Grant J. Kidney — It may be theoretically possible to invent a spacecraft that literally ‘surfs’ on waves of dark energy, propelling it to the furthest reaches of our universe.
Dark energy, along with its counterpart, ‘dark matter’ accounts for most of the mass in our universe. Dark energy is a mysterious force that is pushing the cosmos further and further apart at a velocity much faster than the speed of light.
Because energy has been shown to travel in waves, it is not in error to suggest that dark energy also travels in waves. If such is the case, what I am about to propose amounts to nothing more than developing a means to ‘surf the waves of the Universe’, allowing for speedy interstellar travel at a rate much faster than the speed of light.
I call my theory, ‘dark surfer’.
To begin with, we must develop a spacecraft capable of generating a powerful ‘metafield’. This metafield will be comprised of several properties that make it highly sensitive to waves of dark energy. Controlling the field’s sensitivity to dark energy is what will produce acceleration.
The metafield could also serve as a means to cancel out the effects of ‘special relativity’ which suggests that any object traveling near or at the speed of light will assume infinite mass.
Because dark energy permeates all things in the universe in every which direction, all our spacecraft would need to do in order to begin its interstellar journey would be to generate its metafield and then increase the field’s sensitivity to waves of dark energy relative to the rate of acceleration desired. To stop or decelerate, the field’s sensitivity would simply be lowered.
The fastest possible speed attainable would only match that of the universe’s rate of expansion. Hypothetically, a dark energy propelled space craft could accelerate to the literal ‘edge’ of the universe, but because the universe is also accelerating at the exact rate of the spacecraft, the result would be that of an unbeatable race between space itself and the spacecraft.
I am by no means a physicist- only a physics enthusiast. If there are holes or inconsistencies in my theory relative to the known laws governing the cosmos, please feel free to correct me in comment form below.
Also, as a very right-brained, seemingly ‘illogical’ person, I am incapable of writing out the math behind my theory. If a more left-brained individual would like to turn the above theory into an equation, please be my guest.