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Space News / Re: A Step Towards Trans-Newtonian Flight?
« Last post by skoormit on May 28, 2024, 11:06:03 AM »
...University of Alabama...
...overwhelming gravitational tidal forces...

Roll (Gravitational) Tide, y'all.
Space News / A Step Towards Trans-Newtonian Flight?
« Last post by gpt3 on May 28, 2024, 09:13:31 AM »
Researchers at the University of Alabama have created a numerical computational model suggesting that it might be possible to travel STL by warping spacetime. Unlike the famous FTL Alcubierre drive, this does not require the use of negative mass.
The team did not actually attempt to construct a propulsion device. Instead, they explored various solutions to general relativity that would allow travel from point to point without a vessel undergoing any acceleration or experiencing any overwhelming gravitational tidal forces within the vessel, much to the comfort of any imagined passengers. They then checked whether these solutions adhered to the energy conditions that prevent the use of exotic matter.

The researchers did indeed discover a warp drive solution: a method of manipulating space so that travelers can move without accelerating. There is no such thing as a free lunch, however, and the physicality of this warp drive does come with a major caveat: the vessel and passengers can never travel faster than light. Also disappointing: the fact that the researchers behind the new work don’t seem to bother with figuring out what configurations of matter would allow the warping to happen.

Slower-than-light movement without acceleration sounds a lot like the original C# Aurora Lore:
A TN ship travels primarily in the Aether, with only a small intrusion into normal space to maintain a connection. Because of the compressed distance within the Aether, a ship moves much more quickly from the perspective of a viewpoint in normal space than would normally be expected given the available engine technologies. As the Aether is fluidic in nature the ship must be under constant power to maintain that speed. Unlike conventional spacecraft in normal space, ships in the Aether can use the compressed fluidic environment to change course quickly, like a ship in water.

Since the default Aurora start date is 2025, perhaps we will figure out how to implement a "constant-velocity subluminal warp drive" by the end of the year ;D.
Forum Issues / Re: It's nice to see the forum up again!
« Last post by Erik L on May 22, 2024, 08:04:48 PM »
Half of the wiki tables are now InnoDB and not the myISAM they are supposed to be. I've got no idea how to fix this. I do have a ticket open with the host for it.

The ultimate issue was out of drive space. I deleted around 90 gigs of logs to free up some space.
Forum Issues / Re: It's nice to see the forum up again!
« Last post by Jeltz on May 22, 2024, 12:14:22 PM »
The wiki is still down :(

Forum Issues / Re: It's nice to see the forum up again!
« Last post by nuclearslurpee on May 22, 2024, 09:40:02 AM »
I just figured Erik was on vacation and the site happened to go down at the same time.
Forum Issues / Re: It's nice to see the forum up again!
« Last post by gpt3 on May 22, 2024, 09:30:42 AM »
On one hand, Aurora and the forum/wiki are hobbies run by Steve and Erik respectively (I think that there's a donation link somewhere to help cover costs), so we shouldn't expect the uptime that we see from billion/trillion-dollar internet corporations.

On the other hand, I too was dismayed at the prospect of one of the Internet's great works of art disappearing into the Aether. There's a lot of passion and authenticity here that you don't see in modern social media.
Forum Issues / It's nice to see the forum up again!
« Last post by vorpal+5 on May 22, 2024, 02:06:45 AM »
Just saying, 4 days without the forum ... Worrysome ...  :D
Forum Issues / Re: Forum bug report
« Last post by Garfunkel on March 21, 2024, 06:41:00 AM »
Forum Issues / Forum bug report
« Last post by vorpal+5 on March 21, 2024, 02:32:06 AM »
The 'New' icon near threads is systematically broken for me.
Forum Issues / Emails
« Last post by Kiero on March 07, 2024, 02:57:15 AM »

I'm not getting emails from the forum (Gmail). No password recovery emails or emails send via forum interface. :(
Any way to fix it?
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