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Re: MARS HYBRID DESIGN II (First Draft)
>Here it is: the detailed design I promised (as detailed as I can make it at
>the moment anyway). But first: does the "interstellar drive group"
>selection that I now see on my address book now account for everyone in the
>discussion team? Okay, on with the show.
This "kgstar <firstname.lastname@example.org>" address is just Kelly at his work.
You missed "email@example.com"
Why didn't you just copy the list I sent you a while ago?
>MARS HYBRID DESIGN II (Kevin already submitted the first this morning)
>Total mission time: 50+ years
Seems quite long, can it also be done in a shorter time?
>PHASE 1: LAUNCH OF PATHFINDERS
> At least one heavy pathfider vessel will be sent before the Asimov
>using maser sail to reach a terminal velocity of 1/3c. Pathfinder carries
>several thousand, heavy duty, heavy weight, individually targetable,
>disassembled mirror arrays that will be deployed roughly 30 years later near
>TC (see reflectors in an upcoming posting). These arrays (probably making
>an effective 1000 km+ wide reflector) will reflect maser energy back to the
>Asimov for the deceleration phase. The Pathfinder may or may not have a
>crew depending on the level of automation available at the time of launch.
> Also, it may or may not carry emergency supplies for the Asimov should they
>choose to match speed and dock during the deceleration phase.
How are you going to stop this pathfinder, or are the mirrors moving towards
TC with v=1/3c ?
And in advance to your next letter, do the mirrors focus the maser-beam or
do the reflect it "straight" back?