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Re: RE: RE: starship-design: Hull Materials

In a message dated 11/13/97 8:16:58 AM, lparker@cacaphony.net wrote:

>On Wednesday, November 12, 1997 11:01 PM, KellySt@aol.com 
>[SMTP:KellySt@aol.com] wrote:
>> Does this mean my litium-6 sail and fuel plug will have a heating 
>>  Cruise speed was supposed to be over .4 c.
>> Kelly
>No, heating from interstellar impacts doesn't become severe until you reach 
>better than .9c. Besides, the material has to stop or at least slow down 
>the impacting object in order to absorb heat from it. Anything hitting a 
>lithium sail will go through it like tissue paper... :-)

Oh, I feel some much better about the durability of my sail.  =|