Bussard’s ramjet ideas, followed by Whitmire’s modifications, really did open up the idea of practical interstellar flight some fifty years ago, but. Zero. T. A. Heppenheimer analyzed Bussard’s original suggestion of fusing protons, but found the bremsstrahlung losses (Bremsstrahlung is. It was in that the physicist Robert W Bussard first proposed the interstellar ramjet in his seminal paper [1]. Bussard was born in and.

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Although many of them were still too astonished by his proposal to react visibly, heads were nodding, and the murmurs running around the room seemed positive. Fifty years from now our understanding of controlled-fusion processes will probably have eliminated that source of shortages too, but in the meantime shorter-sighted political considerations are recreating the climate of tension and rivalry that hinged around rajmet oil issue at the close of the last century.

It then charges them up tovolts and 3. You have to use the relativistic velocity addition formula.

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A related question is how this translates into time and distances. However, nobody wants wants to read about the adventures of a computer yes, I know there have been a couple of SF stories on this theme, but it requires extraordinary skill on the part of the author, and the stories are not wildly popular.

The Initiative for Interstellar Studies is entirely dependent upon the goodwill of its volunteer teams, the minor amounts we receive from our activities and the sale of our nussard but also the kindness of donors. He calculated the addition of aberration would cram the rainbow ring toward zenith, while simultaneously making it narrower. Since every atom of mass is a penalty, the logical starship would just carry a master computer and no human crew. Of course to an S-stater all ramuet normal state persons grow old and die times faster.


Amspaugh takes pipe and tobacco pouch from various pockets and fumbles with them. The next higher mass class of slowboat is the Seed ship aka Embryo Space Colonization via an embryo-carrying interstellar spaceship EIS.

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For example, if we expel the propellant carried at 0. For that matter, they might never reach Sagan 2.

Forward assumed that the microwave beam would be efficiently reflected by starwisp, so he calculated it would be a superconducting metal mesh with a sail mass of 16 grams and a payload mass of 4 grams; total mass of probe is 20 grams. The only way you can get a negative number is by multiplying a negative by a postive, but by definition squaring a number means multiplying the same number together.

Well, ignoring things like the entire world and the atmosphere traveling backward along with you, but you see the principle. The results are surprising, particularly if Breakthrough Starshot achieves its goal in the planned 30 years. These trip times become even more mind boggling when applied to the scale of galaxies.

And swapping out the navigation system every few years should be really easy, too. Worse, the stuff in space tends to move really, really fast, which means it has a lot of energy. Forward this entire website is my poor attempt at being every SF writer’s good friend. A common feature of fantasy tales about the mystical land of Fairie is that time is weird there. McKinley and Paul Doherty, two meddling physicists from Oakland University in Michigan—not content to cure cancer or develop a cheap and harmless substitute for gasoline or do any of the other things scientists should do—read my story.


Thus Heller also presents a model based on the growth of kinetic energy, noting that today the Three Gorges Dam in China can reach power outputs of Views Read Edit View history.

The amount of money in the budget is that needed to bring us back on schedule. The Helios solar probes launched in and set the current record at But you can’t have everything. At relativistic velocities the effect can be extreme. Finally, the Bussard ramjet will only work when the vehicle is moving fast enough to collect interstellar mass in usable amounts. Graphene is basically a single sheet of graphite — a hexagonal grid form of carbon in the form of immensely strong sheets of covalently bonded carbon atoms, but held together between the sheets via via weak hydrogen bonds to make graphite.

Almost any material would do, as long as we use enough of it. This includes the fact that in order to ram scoop sufficient hydrogen fuel for the fusion reactions to take place, the spacecraft must already be travelling very fast, which implies carrying some on-board propellant to start with.

Yes, I know space toilets have come a long way.