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RE: starship-design: ZPF=inertia=gravity
IF you can manipulate inertia as this article speculates,
then you won't need anything as clumsy as a chemical rocket.
Think about the variables in the basic rocket equation...a
bloody FLASHLIGHT would be enough!
"Science has 'explained' nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the
world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness."
-- Aldous Huxley, 1925
Interesting artical. (Thou not the easiest to read.) The fact it would
integrate quantum and classic phisics in a way nothing else has sounds
promising. But who knows.
The authors didn't speculate on any ways to manipulate this unified
mass/energy/space effect, but any manipulation could have stagering effects
for star travel. If you could damp out the inertia of a ship and its fuel,
but restore them as the fuels entering the engines. You could drive a
starship to high sublight speed with very little thrust. In theory even with
normal chemical engines. That would certainly change all our arguments about
Then again. Proving that these phenomino are related does mean they can be
manipulated in a usable way.