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Wakebloom as engine

Posted by: Sigma - Fri Feb 17, 2012 5:58 am
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Post Wakebloom as engine   Posted on: Fri Feb 17, 2012 5:58 am
In a high velocity ground launch a ship going near escape velocity in the thick atmosphere would need extreme heat shielding. A plasma develops in these high speeds, could a ship be designed to manipulate this bubble of plasma to accelerate?

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Post Re: Wakebloom as engine   Posted on: Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:52 pm
Why, you'd need an outboard plasma drive...

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Post Re: Wakebloom as engine   Posted on: Fri Feb 17, 2012 5:10 pm
About the only way I could see this working with a net gain in velocity is using a thermally conductive heat shield to expand reaction mass. Like a ramjet, the air would be compressed in the intake, then allowed to expand in the exaust for accelleration. It'd get out of the atmosphere, but need another thruster to orbit. The accelleration would be to high to survive for a crew, but it might work for cargo, or an Asat weapon.

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Post Re: Wakebloom as engine   Posted on: Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:41 pm
I am thinking a material has to exist that could withstand the forces and temperatures. As to acceleration and humans I am now thinking that this would be a better mass launcher for spacecraft raw materials to be hurled to orbit to be smelted assembled etc. In orbit.

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