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RE: RE: starship-design: Hull Materials

On Wednesday, November 12, 1997 11:01 PM, KellySt@aol.com 
[SMTP:KellySt@aol.com] wrote:

> Oh, did I mention the dust shield idea?  You dump a cloud of fine dust or
> gas
> ahead of you.  The debres slams into it and vaporizes, or at least
> ionizes.
>  The resulting plasma is fairly easy to steer magnetically.
> Kelly

Except how do we get the dust cloud to acclerate along with the ship? I 
suppose some sort of mhd field surrounding the ship would not only deflect 
particles but could be made to trap and hold some as well.