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Re: starship-design: Planetary Landing

At 01:51 04/06/98 PDT, you wrote:
>Would'nt a large fusion powered starship, when landing on or starting 
>from a planet's surface, devastate a large area around it, comparable to 
>a nuclear bomb???

Wouldn't have thought so - depends what you're planning on using your
fusion power for - you could just use it to heat some stuff up, then lob it
out the back - you don't HAVE to set off an h-bomb underneath the ship to
get going.

What's the point in landing a large ship anyway?
You need to make it aerodynamic (to a certain extent) and make it so the
whole weight can be supported by one of the sides.  You'll also need a lot
of fuel to take off again (if you were planning to).

Why would you want to land on a planet anyway?

Andrew West