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- To: KellySt@aol.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, T.L.G.vanderLinden@student.utwente.nl, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, David@interworld.com, email@example.com, DotarSojat@aol.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, MLEN3097@Mercury.GC.PeachNet.EDU, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org (Brian V. Mansur)
- Subject: Fwd: Brian is BACK!
- From: email@example.com (Kelly Starks x7066 MS 10-39)
- Date: Thu, 18 Jul 1996 09:10:30 -0500
>Date: Thu, 18 Jul 1996 00:45:33 -0400
>Subject: Fwd: Brian is BACK!
>From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Shipp)
>CC: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
>Date: 96-07-17 00:20:42 EDT
>>From Brian V. Mansur
>LIT Member # something or other
>Starship Design Project
>I'm back! Yea, I can tell you're all wetting your pants with
>excitement :) Don't worry, there won't be any more avalanches of
>e-mail for a while. That's because I'm working out of a friend's computer
>and so the e-mail has his name, of course. By the way, whoever gets
>this, could you please forward it to the other members of the
>discussion group and I need you current e-mail adresses again. Also,
>if anyone has time, I'd love to be filled in on what has been going
>on in the discussion group these last few months. Sorry for the
>Remember that Argosy design that I promised. Still in the works.
>Right now I have 14 or so pages worth of text. Don't let that make
>you think its really worth anything, but then you never know. I'm
>now toying with changing the name of the paper because the paper
>describes more than just a starship. It describes an entire
>interstellar transportation system that I think from henceforth shall
>be known as the Tradewinds. The starship remains the Argosy-class
>and now there is an unmanned probe/seeder component called the
>Pathfinder (an overused name that I'll change if something more
>inspiring occurs to me).
>Basically, you guys are going to hate the whole set up. I'm saying
>that because it takes about two hundred years to get the Tradewinds up and
>running from its 1996 conception date (just in time for the 23rd
>century). The Design Overview is as follows:
>The Tradeswinds are basically two power/maser arrays set
>up at the origin and destinations of the manned starship. For
>propulsion, the starship uses the photon pressure of the electron masers
>bouncing off of a hundreds of kilometers wide ultra-thin sail. By the
>way, electron lasers were described in the July or August Discovery
>Magazine: read all about them. They are still hard to make but they
>are 50% efficient or so.
>Because the Tradewinds assume a technological presence at the
>destination, the mission of exploration is secondary. The new goal
>here is interstellar colonization. I know that isn't what the LIT
>charter calls for. But as I explain in the Tradewinds paper, none of
>the propulsion designs detailed in the Starflight Handbook have any hope
>of carrying a crew to another starsystem in their life-time, to say nothing
>about bringing them home. What the designs in the Handbook can do is
>send a robotic Pathfinder seeder probe of a few thousand tons. It will set
>an Automated Robotic Civilization (ARC) that will eventually grow into a
>maser array that can stop the manned Argosy-class starships that
>ferry colonists from Sol. Nifty huh? It may be a slow thing to
>establish, but it has a real chance of working. Yea, I know you guys
>want a fast ship, fast mission, fast food starship that will get us
>to Tau Ceti and back in 22 years Earth time. But as I explain in the
>Tradewinds paper, I really think this idea is our best hope.
>As said, most of what you have just read is old news. But when you
>finally get the Tradewinds paper, it be DETAILED old news. This is good,
>I think if we are trying to give some basic starship designs to future
>generations that can refine them and use their spanking new technology to
>make them into something that they will fly.
>By the way. I'll only be able to answer whenever I can get back to
>my friend's terminal. So don't expect quick answers. I'll try to
>hurry up and finish the Tradewinds paper. I have two more days off
>work which is a little bit of time. Finally, I go back to school in
>about six weeks, so that's all the time I have until Christmas.
>Sorry, but I just won't have the time for Starship Design in school.
>I didn't earlier this year when I first joined the discussion group
>but, hea, at least it was fun.
>Live long through relativistic space travel.
Kelly Starks Internet: email@example.com
Sr. Systems Engineer
Magnavox Electronic Systems Company
(Magnavox URL: http://www.fw.hac.com/external.html)