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Re: RE: New idea Laser launcher/scoop systems
To: bmansur; kgstar
Cc: David; hous0042; jim; lparker; rddesign; stevev; T.L.G.vanderLinden
Subject: Re: RE: New idea Laser launcher/scoop systems
Date: Wednesday, March 06, 1996 11:56PM
>Cutting in here a second. How about we make the reaction mass out of maser
>sails (many heavy (kg weight) starwisps?). Problem is how to ionize them
>since they are design to reflect light.
>Are you proposeing the laser launcher be replaced with a maser sail system?
>That is not my intention for various reasons.
My idea was a random thought that I just threw in as a possible prelude to
an idea. What reasons did you have for not using maser beams?
>I don't know that you'd get the canister up to even
>a %c and the exhaust would be going in the wrong direction. Unless, of
>course, if you were reversing the direction of the canister so that the
>exhaust would head toward TC. Am I following you?
>No. As I showed you should be able to get up to a good % of C. The
>canisters dock with the ship and offload fuel and are consumed for reaction
>mass. Thou during return to Sol the canisters are dethonated ahead of the
>Oh, the Explorer Class is not intented for a T.C. flight. With a top speed
>of maybe 1/3rd C its too slow.
Alpha Centauri, HO!
>I don't see how you are going to catch the canister (I admit that I'm
>skimming some of this since I have to do work very soon here). I'll have
>reread this idea some more but at least its a new idea. I still don't see
>solution for slowing down into TC though.
>The Explorer class slows down using fuel carried on board.
Back to the same old problems again. Oh well.