Friday, December 30, 2005

Submarine Space Travel Analogies - Part I: "Virtual Wormholes"

In astrophysics, a wormhole is a theoretical feature of topology (rubber-sheet geometry) that represents a potential "shortcut" through space and spacetime.

In naval science, submarines exploit "virtual shortcuts" through seaspace and realtime. Instead of transiting many days to arrive within strike distance of a potential adversary, submarines are usually pre-deployed to potential trouble spots (e.g. North Korea) and may even be routed under polar ice as distance shortcuts.

Virtual: An artificial attribute exploited to work when needed as actual reality.

Naval Science: Body of knowledge on professional naval subjects.

Realtime: Real time denotes receipt and processing of information simultaneously with the events actually generating the descriptive data.


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