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[Fwd: Re: starship-design: Hitching a Ride on a Magnetic Bubble]

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Subject: Re: starship-design: Hitching a Ride on a Magnetic Bubble
Date: Sun, 08 Oct 2000 21:13:32 -0400
From: curtismanges@netscape.net (Curtis Manges
To: STAR1SHIP@aol.com
References: <9c.7f52f15.27126bd6@aol.com>

STAR1SHIP@aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 10/7/00 11:00:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time, 
> bfranchuk@jetnet.ab.ca writes:
> > I agree with the math as gut level thing but think that
> >  thrust is less for a different reason in the outer solar system.
> >  With less solar wind, in the outer solar system you could have
> >  more dust and trash that gets messes up the magnetic bubble
> >  and taking thrust from the spacecraft.
> > 

Maybe the mag-sail craft could periodically degauss itself and lose most of the garbage.

More fundamentally, though, is there any reason to expect more dust and trash in the outer system as opposed to closer in? Just asking.