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Re: Re: starship-design: Suspended Animation

In a message dated 5/4/98 10:19:30 AM, stephen.harley@dial.pipex.com wrote:

>> An acquaintance of mine underwent an accident last year and the doctors
>to put him under an "induced
>> coma" to improve his chances of recovery. I was told that this also lowered
>metabolic rate somewhat. This
>> seems like a start.
>> Also, I remember reading (about 10 years ago) about promising research was
>done on mammal - not
>> amphibian - hibernation. My internet searches have not revealed much about
>progress attained since then.
>> If research has not been suspended, I _suppose_ that another 50 years of it
>bring about enough
>> knowledge to induce multi-year long periods of "suspended animation" or
>state". If a 9:1
>> ratio of "sleep time" to "waking time" can be obtained by then, the ship
>function with "only" 20% of
>> its complement "awake" at any time. I have the impression that, say, half
>those would be undergoing
>> exercise and recovery (or prep for their next sleep fase). Would 10% or 8%
>the complement be enough to
>> function as crew?
>This sounds like a good start, when Kelly says we have no-idea I think 
>she means

He by the way.

>we have no idea how to
>completely stop and then start a body up again, perhaps "suspended 
> animation" isn't the right name or not what we
>should be trying
>to do "deep sleep" or "induced coma" is probably the way to go. 

Induced coma is very hard on the nervious systems, and you still have full
aging and life support loads.