In my universe, humanity has learned how to open wormholes for transportation, how they are opened is irrelevant and can be hand-waved, what must be kept in mind is that when they are opened, two ends appear near each other.

Assuming a stable Schwarzschild-like wormhole, that is essentially a black hole, how could one of its ends be transported? Preferably in a spaceship?

I would like a more science-based answer. While it doesn't need to be possible in real life, I just would like to make the hand-waving less brutal.

Edit. It is previously stated that it is a stable wormhole in the second paragraph, so evaporation should not be a concern and is out of the scope of this question. Again, the means by which it is created are also irrelevant. Just assume a regular Schwarzschild wormhole, or even a black hole if needed. Most aspects of this issue are out of the scope of this question, I just need a means to explain how to transport it for a particular chapter of the story, everything else is either dealt with or handwaved.

To anyone who thinks that what I'm asking is unclear, please re-read the title and assume a standard Schwarzschild wormhole. To anyone downvoting this, please re-read the question.

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    $\begingroup$ We don't have any working theory on creation, anchoring etc of wormholes. Can you tell us how does it work in your story? If you can, answer consistent with your rules can probably be found. If not, I highly doubt this is answerable. Or maybe it boils down to "how to transport small wormhole that somehow does not evaporate with hawking radiation?" maybe? $\endgroup$
    – Mołot
    Jan 18, 2018 at 18:11
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    $\begingroup$ Ravi, you didn't understand @Molot. Present-day theoretical physics has (a) no idea how to create a wormhole and (b) no idea how to keep it stable - but you're asking (c) how to move it. If we can't plausibly answer (a) or (b), what makes you think anyone can plausibly answer (c)? That's why I VTCd the question as unclear... If you explained how you answered (a) and (b) then we could come up with ideas for (c). If you won't explain, then reopening the question will only get it closed again as "primarily opinion-based" because no one idea will be better than any other. $\endgroup$
    – JBH
    Jan 19, 2018 at 1:04
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    $\begingroup$ @kingledion The OP said assuming a Schwarzschild wormhole. It may be a mathematical construct, but in the OP's world it is effectively real. There are better choices of wormholes. $\endgroup$
    – a4android
    Jan 19, 2018 at 1:22
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    $\begingroup$ @JBH Re-read the question. It is obvious the OP knows the conceptual limitations involved. The wormhole is assumed to be real in his world to make it more plausible. Theoretical physicists wouldn't have any trouble in devising plausible ways of moving wormholes. The Schwarszchild wormhole isn't the best option for a traversable spacetime shortcut. $\endgroup$
    – a4android
    Jan 19, 2018 at 1:26
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    $\begingroup$ @a4android I think my point is that 'how do I move a mathematical construct' is an underspecified question, in my mind. I would argue that it isn't reasonable that there exists someone with a.) a sufficient understanding of the mathematical implications of a Schwarzchild wormhold and b.) is active on this site. $\endgroup$
    – kingledion
    Jan 19, 2018 at 1:29

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Wormholes are affected by gravity (I think), since in general relativity, gravity is geometric phenomenon. Therefore, what you basically need is some heavy object to pull the wormhole where you want.

(Note that you probably won't be able to have it on the ship though. You will be "towing" it.)

  • $\begingroup$ I guess I could work with that, this could even justify "artificial gravity" that doesn't rely on centripetal force. $\endgroup$ Jan 24, 2018 at 17:58
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    $\begingroup$ @RaviMattar you could use a black hole powered spaceship as the energy source. $\endgroup$ Jan 24, 2018 at 18:43

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