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    Salam Shalom Salom
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    Let's design a spaceship

    A spaceship to travel the galaxy! What will it need? What dangers will the crew face? What fuels will we use?

    Let's roughly throw together a spaceship.

    Ok, first order of business: propulsion. What's the best bet for fast and efficient propulsion? I like the nuclear propulsion and ion propulsion ideas best...but what about antimatter propulsion?

    Life support?

    Protection from radiation?

    Artificial gravity?

    Artificial habitats on board?

    Self-sustainability?

    What will we need? What will we do?

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    You'll need lots of lawyers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoffP View Post
    You'll need lots of lawyers.
    why ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norsefire View Post
    A spaceship to travel the galaxy! What will it need?
    husband and wife both on the ball and intelligent

    at least for me


    What dangers will the crew face?
    many forms of energy


    What fuels will we use?
    plasma

    Let's roughly throw together a spaceship.

    Ok, first order of business: propulsion. What's the best bet for fast and efficient propulsion? I like the nuclear propulsion and ion propulsion ideas best...but what about antimatter propulsion?

    Life support?
    recycling

    Protection from radiation?
    plasma

    Artificial gravity?
    rotation

    Artificial habitats on board?
    none

    all nutrients to the body , biochemical packets

    Self-sustainability?
    gather what is needed from the enviroment

    What will we need?
    soundness of mind and the explorer mind set


    What will we do?
    explore and enjoy

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    Woo is resistant to reason PieAreSquared's Avatar
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    Plastic Bobble head Jesus on the dashboard

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    Quote Originally Posted by PieAreSquared View Post
    Plastic Bobble head Jesus on the dashboard
    moving on

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    Holodeck--long journeys get boring, and a journey to another star gets reeeeallly boring.

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    Woo is resistant to reason PieAreSquared's Avatar
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    Plasma .. what kind??

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    We are already on a space ship!

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    Be kind to yourself always. cosmictraveler's Avatar
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    We won't need a space ship, we will need a stargate that would take us anywhere in the universe in a matter of seconds.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler View Post
    We won't need a space ship, we will need a stargate that would take us anywhere in the universe in a matter of seconds.

    now wouldn't that be gosh darn handy

    but mean while in reality .....

    lets build the space ship

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    Quote Originally Posted by PieAreSquared View Post
    Plasma .. what kind??
    of the cosmic plasma kind

    of protons and electrons

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xylene View Post
    Holodeck--long journeys get boring, and a journey to another star gets reeeeallly boring.
    and on they way you see and experience

    don't forget not only will you get closer to another star(s) but you will see them from a different perspective

    and because of this perspective learn something new about stars and you won't know that until you examine the star three dimensionally up close

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    Woo is resistant to reason PieAreSquared's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by thinking View Post
    of the cosmic plasma kind

    of protons and electrons
    doesn't this sort of conflict with your questions in this thread ??

    http://www.sciforums.com/showthread.php?t=94063

    But as for the other entities like electrons, neutrons, photons and quarks I have strong doubts if they really exist in the real world and not just on paper.

    now you want to take them on the cruise ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by PieAreSquared View Post
    doesn't this sort of conflict with your questions in this thread ??

    http://www.sciforums.com/showthread.php?t=94063

    But as for the other entities like electrons, neutrons, photons and quarks I have strong doubts if they really exist in the real world and not just on paper.

    now you want to take them on the cruise ??
    we have issues about reality it seems

    I have responded

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    Woo is resistant to reason PieAreSquared's Avatar
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    Plasma is not the easiest thing to contain, if it were, we would be a lot further in being energy independent , they been trying to keep that genii in the bottle for quite some time.


    goggle ITER

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    Death from the day I was born. Manimammal's Avatar
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    Lets just stick to playing spaceship video games and pretend that is as real as it is going to get for the next few thousand years, until the robots do it for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norsefire View Post

    Life support?
    Air, will have to be stored in liquid form, this probably wont last for any length of time though, a few months at best, cant for the life of me think of any other ways of storing high levels of oxygen.

    Protection from radiation?
    Obviously Lead lined walls ore out of the question, due to the sheer cost of getting that amount of weight into space for assembly in the first place.
    The earth uses a magnetic field to protect from solar radiation, maybe a small field could be generated around the craft to do the same job?


    Artificial gravity?
    Easy, put the craft into a gyroscopic spin.

    Propulsion?
    Ion Drive, not very powerful, but capable of extremely high speeds.

    Artificial habitats on board?
    Such as plants? hmm, this has just give me an idea about the oxygen problem, how many plants would it take to generate enough oxygen, given a sustainable source of sunlight, for a few crew members? this could be the oxygen problems over.

    Self-sustainability?
    Well, food is a main issue of course, so depending on how far you wish to travel, most things would have to be freeze dried, and re-hydrated, The source of the water, for drinking and re-hydrating food is a BIG problem, it could be possible to plan your journey so you fly into the tails of ice comets and collect the vapours from them, but i don't know how much water (if any) these contain.


    What will we need? What will we do?
    We will need, the entire global scientific and aerospace industry to come together, and work without budgets in mind.
    Dan
    Last edited by Dynamite Dan; 06-27-09 at 08:05 AM. Reason: Grammer Corrections

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norsefire View Post
    A spaceship to travel the galaxy! What will it need? What dangers will the crew face? What fuels will we use?

    Let's roughly throw together a spaceship.

    Ok, first order of business: propulsion. What's the best bet for fast and efficient propulsion? I like the nuclear propulsion and ion propulsion ideas best...but what about antimatter propulsion?

    Life support?

    Protection from radiation?

    Artificial gravity?

    Artificial habitats on board?

    Self-sustainability?

    What will we need? What will we do?
    zero gravity sex cages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dynamite Dan View Post
    Air, will have to be stored in liquid form, this probably wont last for any length of time though, a few months at best, cant for the life of me think of any other ways of storing high levels of oxygen.
    You would probably carry a limited amount of oxygen, and use chemical engineering to convert the CO2 back into oxygen and carbon.

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