PRLog - April 15, 2013 - In the April 1, Popular Science article, Warp Factor, by New America Foundation science writer Konstantin Kakaes, Harold "Sonny" White is described as the head of the Eagleworks laboratory that is working on developing a warp drive for NASA. What White may not realize is that his efforts are about to be upstaged by Marshall Barnes, the research and development engineer who since 2000 has been doing the same thing. The difference is - Marshall has a working technology, called STDTS™ and he's about to unveil it to the world in a new documentary, STDTS:The World's First Warp Drive. Meanwhile, according to the Kakaes article, "the greater scientific community says White cannot create it".
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In February of this year, Marshall announced at a public hearing that he was fully prepared to take NASA and White on in a race to establish warp drive first, and that he wasn't interested in working with NASA until he has established that his STDTS™ technology works in space, on his own (see http://www.prlog.org/
"I already have a lot of archival footage of physicists commenting either directly on the project or topics related to it," Marshall said, "and I have a very good idea of where I want to go with it as far as the new footage is concerned."
Marshall sees his next steps as the beginning for creating support for a new civilian space effort, in much the same way as the early days of flight began with the days of the Wright Brothers. The big difference is that the focus will be on rapid space transport with a special emphasis on space probes that will be able to acquire data faster than anything else possible.
"I want to get images from Saturn in months, not years, and go beyond the solar system in years, not decades", Marshall explains.
The fact that Marshall doesn't mention leaving the solar system in weeks, days or hours, is because as a serious scientist in the advanced propulsion field, he knows that stopping a spacecraft, once it reaches anything near faster than light speeds, will be tremendously difficult and at present, requires a scaling back of what can be expected as a useful velocity. In other words, there are no "space brakes" for rapid deceleration. This reflects the extent that he has researched the subject. While everyone else has been focused on going faster, Marshall already is working on dealing with the need to slow down.
The documentary will answer not only what the STDTS™ is and how and why it works, but also who Marshall is, his rich history as a man who has always done things where he was either the youngest, the first, the only or done what was believed to be impossible, most of his life - since his late teens. While some people may view his work with disbelief, for him it's just a normal day at the office.
"Yeah, so now I'm challenging NASA in a race to warp drive. Last year I was beating Stephen Hawking over the Higgs Boson bet. In 2010 I was making kids invisible at the first USASEF. Later this year I'll be proving Kip Thorne wrong over his wormhole time machine idea to his face and probably beating Ronald Mallett in the race I have going with him - on his terms. In 1984 I was proving the FCC and video engineers wrong about the latest industrial video cameras not being broadcast quality. In '85 I was the first to identify how to use video field switching to simulate the film look. That's just the way my life has been. People who want to live in this fantasy land, where I'm just making this stuff up, are going to be in for a very rude awakening, because they're about to be overwhelmed with all these undeniable, and widely released developments, across the board, and they're not going to like it because the idea, that someone can be as creative as I, in so many different fields, just makes them feel intolerably inferior. But, that's their problem, not mine".