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Re: New idea Laser launcher/scoop systems
At 10:44 PM 3/12/96 -0500, you wrote:
>> To Kelly,
>> >Explorer classes engines is over 2,000,000 we don't get to go.
>The question was, can you get more thrust out of a pound of fusion fuel by
>using a reactor to convert it to electricity, and use the electricity to
>accelerate a reaction mass (ignoring engineering losses). Or would
>converting the fuel to high speed plasma get you more thrust.
>> >Given that the energy in the fusion reactors was all
>> >turned into kinetic energy in the exaust plasma, I had assumed using it
>> >directly would be most efficent.
The problem does come down to engineering efficiency unfortuneately. Because
we can not yet, and are not likely in the foreseeable future to realize
performance efficiencies approaching unity (100%) then engineering is the
Every time you cut another conversion process into the loop, I can almost
GAURANTEE that you will lose 30% to 50% of your efficiency. If you are only
starting out with 30 % on the first place....
+ Weave a circle 'round him thrice, and close your eyes with holy dread... +