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Re: starship-design: Hello.

Hi Group,

----- Original Message -----
From: Ben Franchuk <bfranchuk@jetnet.ab.ca>
To: <starship-design@lists.uoregon.edu>
Sent: Thursday, 12 November 1998 8:40
Subject: starship-design: Hello.

>(test message 1)
>The star ship design looks good so far, but what about the comet belt
>outside the solar system?
>A big thunk if you hit something.
As one other reply puts it - the comets are fairly evenly spread out there,
and there's a whole lot of space between them. Smaller bits of dust can
either be absorbed by a passive shield or destroyed with hi-power
lasers/beam weapons. Perhaps an ionising precursor beam can be fired and
powerful EM fields can deflect most junk - an EM shield is probably the best
option for cosmic-ray shielding, since carrying a shield of water five
metres thick would be wasteful.

Don't worry we're figuring these problems out...

That's what we're here for.