# Re: OK, here the right calculus (I hope)

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On Sat, 30 Mar 1996, Timothy van der Linden wrote:

> Optimal solution for a maser deceleration starship. The starship carries all
> the necessary repulsion mass and gets the energy needed to accelerate the
> repulsion mass from the maser.
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> To do this we want to find the solution that consumes the least energy.

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> The minima are:
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> Vstart  Vexh optimal  Fuel:ship-ratio  Energy per kg of ship (in Joules)
>  0.1        0.062          5.36            7.45E14
>  0.2        0.121          5.84            3.25E15
>  0.3        0.180          6.40            8.11E15
>  0.4        0.240          7.06	     1.64E16
>  0.5        0.300          7.87            2.97E16
>  0.6        0.364          8.91            5.23E16
>  0.7        0.433         10.38            9.21E16
>  0.8        0.512         12.72            1.73E17
>  0.9        0.615         17.75            4.04E17
>  0.99       0.803         52.00            3.12E18
>  0.9996     0.906        238.81            2.91E19
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So you're saying that a Maser Augmented Rocket System (MARS) _will_
work?  do I have that correct.  That we can use maser sail to accelerate
at 1G constant, then convert the Microwave energy to elec. to accelerate
Reaction Mass (RM) to about .803 C and we will need 52 times the ships
dry mass for RM.

Celebratory cheers pending confirmation.

> Note that the power of the maser-beam is NOT constant, it is supposed that
> it decreases while the ship gets lighter (because it repulses mass).

If it's not too much trouble, can you figure this for a constant maser beam
How much extra RM will we need?

A decreasing maser beam is possible, it's only a time delay calculation,
but a constant beam would solve some engineering problems

and which time frame do I use to figure the energy of the Maser beam?
ship's time or earth's time?

Kevin

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