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Re: Re: starship-design: Planetary Landing

In a message dated 6/4/98 10:18:15 PM, jon_jay1@juno.com 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???
>It wouldn't necessarily have to use fusion, or at lest not when taking of
>landing. It could use conventional rockets we use now. Though technology 
>may be more advanced, we don't have to use it. If there was a more
>rocket that wouldn't create much damage to the planet's surface, we could

If landing a ship the size of a fleet of aircraft carriers, the down wash from
rotor blades would lay waste to the landing site.