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starship-design: Hitching a Ride on a Magnetic Bubble

I thought you'd be interested in this story from Science@NASA:

NASA-funded scientists are experimenting with miniature magnetospheres as
an innovative means of space transportation. If the group succeeds,
next-generation spacecraft may come equipped with fuel-efficient magnetic
bubbles that speed their occupants from planet to planet and ward off the
worst solar flares.
<a href="http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2000/ast04oct_1.htm?friend">
Hitching a Ride on a Magnetic Bubble </a>.)