[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
Re: starship-design: Re: Still doing stardrives?
> > I like to put my fusion reaction out of the body of
> > the ship, back in the jet, also for hygeine. I haven't
> > made any quantitative study of the efficiency factor
> > in terms of thermodynamics; it seems likely that the
> > nearer to the ship, the more efficiently this would
> > serve as a reaction engine. Fusion is initiated by
> > injection from a boron linac, into the jet of
> > (recombining) atomic hydrogen. The primary reaction
> > produces alphas only, easily shielded.
Some very good idea's there. I think the best we can
get for speed is .7 C in the speed of matter moving.
Note even with a perfect engine as time slows down when you
reach the speed of light, the output of the engine will drop
off too since it slows down.