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I find watching Star Trek is a fun experience for many reasons The ideathat we are not confined to this one planet Not being alone in theuniverse is an exciting theory as well But the technology that is usedduring the day to day life has to be the most interesting of them allWhile were not going boldly into space quite like Kirk and his crewlets take a look at where we actually stand on some of these wonderfulinventionsSpace TravelThe Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977 traveled at a velocity of 37000 miles per hour While this sounds very impressive it would stilltake us 80 000 years to get to the nearest star Proxima Centauri 42light years away To put it in even better perspective lets rememberthat for Voyager to get back from the far reaches of the Delta Quadrantit was estimated to take approximately 75 years at maximum warpTraveling the same speed as the Voyager spacecraft in 1977 the journeywould take just under 19 trillion years Needless to say not even theTwinkies would make that journeyAccording to a research team currently working on faster than lighttravel we still need three major break throughs before Zefram Cochranecan take his first warp flight in 51 years We need to figure out firstand foremost how to go faster than light As daunting a task as that isthere still needs to be a way to propel the craft without the use ofpropellants as we know them today like gasoline Then we need to find away to provide energy these devices While weve come a long way westill have a fair bit to goCommunicators and hand held computersIn the 24th century if William Riker needed to report in from theplanet all he had to do was tap his comm badge attached to his uniformand say something like Riker to Enterprise and he was talking to thebridge Here in the 21st century we still dial numbers and pay longdistance fees on
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