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Re: starship-design: Mini-Magnetospheric Plasma Propulsion, M2P2 ,system
In a message dated 8/31/99 11:53:17 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
>> I wonder if this could be used effectively as an interstellar break?
>> in the paper talks about effective ISP or power consumption vrs thrust.
>> The Mini-Magnetospheric Plasma Propulsion, M2P2 , system provides a
>> revolutionary means for spacecraft propulsion that can efficiently utilize
>> the energy from the space plasmas to accelerate payloads to much higher
>> speeds than can be attained by present chemical (oxidizing propulsion
>> systems. The system utilizes an innovative configuration of existing
>> technology based on well established principles of plasma physics. It
>> potential of feasibly providing cheap, fast propulsion that could power
>> Interstellar Probe.
>Sounds like we found the IMPULSE drive of star trek type space craft.
>If the plasma propulsion idea can be expanded into a real interstellar
>next stop the planets.
Actually the "impulse drives" were a modified fusion drive (must have played
games with inertia to get the spec impulse they'd need), and ramjets probably
don't do you a lot of good in this sector of the galaxy.