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starship-design: Idea

Hi all,
	I recently read a book about the "X-planes". And read a little
about the X-6 project to use a nuclear reactor as the heat source for a
gas turbine engine.  I know that the original design required too much
heavy shielding, but I was wondering about using a small IEC fusion device
along the lines of the farnsworth fusor for atmospheric flight.  A fusing
plasma would be quite hot, and emit photons along with all kinds of
charged particles and neutrons.  A shield structure around the electrodes
would convert the radiation into heat, which would have air forced past it
to keep it cool.  A supply of liquified gas could be kept on board to
provide reaction mass for translation to vacuum (SSTO?).  Anyway, this is
all just a fanciful idea on my part.  I'm most interested in hearing
what's wrong with the idea...


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