View Full Version : Ep. 101: Advanced Propulsion Systems

2008-Aug-12, 05:50 PM
Last week we talked about rockets. How they work and their limitations. This week we're going to look at the future of propulsion systems. From the ion engines that are already working to explore the Solar System to the prototype solar sails to futuristic technologies like magnetic sails, and bussard ramjets. This is how we'll travel to other stars.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/astronomycast/~4/363121198

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2008-Aug-12, 08:35 PM
What no Project Orion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Orion_(nuclear_propulsion))? You missed out the absolute coolest form of propulsion I've ever heard about.
Also perhaps this is meant for a different topic but what about stuff like the space elevator (or fountain or sling)?

Anyway keep up the good work.:)

2008-Aug-13, 01:43 PM
Ah how can you say warp drives will never happen. Keap the hope alive!

In any case saw this on space.com (http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/080813-tw-warp-speed.html) Basically how a 'warp drive' should work. The amount of energy required is enourmous. But who knows maybe!