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10 Apr 2017 18:05

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Source of the post I'm probably looking at a 25-50GW reactor of some kind, primarily since it's enough to power a warp drive.


When you are talking about levels of energy this high and assuming you can control them effectively and use it, then I don't see a problem with electric propulsion.

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Source of the post Alternatively, despite substantially lower thrust i was thinking of possibly a VASIMR system since it can be fueled with virtually anything that could be collected in-situ, perhaps from a gas giant.


It may be possible to fudge those numbers a bit in favor of better thrust, so don't let it limit your imagination.

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Source of the post I was going to take inspiration from a BBC sci-fi docudrama thing I watched a while back that used a similar system, for a trip around our solar system. I can't remember the name offhand. Last time i looked for pics of a artificial magnetic field generator i had less than great luck. That's similar to what i remember though.


Is that the one where they let someone's body out into the rings of Saturn?
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10 Apr 2017 19:33

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When you are talking about levels of energy this high and assuming you can control them effectively and use it, then I don't see a problem with electric propulsion.

It may be possible to fudge those numbers a bit in favor of better thrust, so don't let it limit your imagination.

Is that the one where they let someone's body out into the rings of Saturn?

Would feel kinda wasteful hauling around a super-heavy reactor to not put it to use. :D

Since we're still talking probably 75 years bare minimum... I'd agree.

I Believe so, yes.

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11 Apr 2017 13:33

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Ok, so after much playing yesterday i decided my reactor wasn't anywhere near big enough. It needed a 'power bulge'. So i designed a section that should easily fit a Toroid(Tokomak) or a spherical Fusion reactor. Problem is I'm not sure it fits my theme. I was trying to stick with the basic TOS geometric shapes but, blending the structure is definitely not TOS. Also, I'm still not sure if i should taper the back after it down or leave the kinda nifty rounded shape. Also, where to put the magnetic field generator ring at the rear? Before the reactor where it wouldn't fit well or after? wouldn't that have issues reacting with the reactors magnetic field? Also I don't think this is going to carry SSTO's anymore. That reactor takes up a whole lot of space.

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11 Apr 2017 18:10

I like it so far, it will probably look much better on the front when you add some texturing.  If I think of anything I will definitely give some suggestions 
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14 Apr 2017 15:11

Meh. Tried putting rings on the front and back. I don't like it. It should be under hull-plating anyway so i'll just bulge the section out a little instead of huge ammounts of coils.
Now. I need a legitimate science-y reason for glowing spinny bussard ramscoop collectors.....
 
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14 Apr 2017 15:55

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Source of the post Now. I need a legitimate science-y reason for glowing spinny bussard ramscoop collectors.....

Make up a magic technobabble reason
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