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Re: starship-design: FTL travel

STAR1SHIP@aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 1/20/00 9:46:11 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> bfranchuk@jetnet.ab.ca writes:
> >
> >  Light is 3E8 meters per second or 300 meters per microsecond.
> >  With 1 us for echo return,1 us for radar detection and 1 us for
> >  deflection that
> >  means a travel speed something about 1/3C.
> echo return time is a function of distance and c only so the pulse out and
> back travels at c period. Not 1/3 c.  velocity=distancetraveled/time so
> time=distance traveled times velocity.
  True, but with the delays of echo return from the object,radar
and active deflection ( 3 us ) a ship can't be faster than 1/3C or the
will arive at the object before is deflected. Also with time dilation
processing too will be slowed down, as the view point is from space not
to the ship.

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