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Re: RE: starship-design: Timothy's beamed power paper
> From: KellySt@aol.com
> Note this assumes you can economically replace the plasma mirror mass. If
> you lose to much mass, you wouldn't be able to carry enough to sustain the
> mirror durring the deceleration phase.
> Oh, note that the mirror plasma will get hot! Probably enough to explode
> outward in all directions. This blast presure might be tapable to provide a
> bit of rocket thrust. My gut feel is that woldn't work thou.
Of course you can use such heated plasma as a rocked exhaust,
> Since the sail can be any size you want. I scaled it to about 400 times the
> dry weight of the ship. That would let it decelerate from about 40%-43%(?)
> of light speed. Giving you a quick trip. For the ride back you mine more
> lithium-6. Burn it all accelerating back toward Sol. They deploy a
> compartivly tiny drag sail to decelerate you down into Sol (assuming
> someone will turn on the beam again).
And assuming you will be able to find the beam in the vastness of space...
PS. Kelly, what happened to your charming spelling?
I'm rely worrid about yor helth or somthing... ;-)) -- Z