Propulsion?

Discussion in 'Astronomy, Exobiology, & Cosmology' started by Bezzle, Oct 21, 1999.

  1. Bezzle Registered Senior Member

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    What type of propulsion do you guys think is the most promising Ion, Antimatter, Nuclear Fusion, or Other?
     
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  3. bob Registered Member

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    Hey sucks when noone replies to you eh?
    If u ask me i think ion is the most promising for cargo transportation, but for manned missions fusion would be a lot better because of the higher output per second. Plus I read that they should be able to get it working soon. But as for anti-matter thats quite far down the road and the cost of it would probably be so expensive it wouldnt be worth it unless you are in a hurry. Course I'm only talking about going around the solar system. Getting to other stars isnt going to happen with any form of propulsion as we know it. And if it does its just going to be a few little but expensive probes.
    -These are my thoughts only so dont get mad at any inacuracies
     
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  5. steadystate Registered Member

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    Light sails are another propulsive type being studied. Spacecraft unfurls a large sail which starlight hits and imparts motion. Probably something on this on the 'net. Can also be driven with laser light.


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