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Posted by: Terraformer - Sun Dec 14, 2008 6:02 pm
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Post Solar Thermal Rockets   Posted on: Sun Dec 14, 2008 6:02 pm
Have you considered using Solar Thermal Rockets (Ammonia) with an afterburner, in place of Ion engines? It would mean sacrificing Isp for Thrust, but it would make the trip times shorter (a lot shorter), preventing the issues arising from passing into the shadow of the Earth, and make the plan more likely to get off the ground. Higher thrust also means a possibility of starting at a lower altitude.


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Post Re: Solar Thermal Rockets   Posted on: Mon Dec 15, 2008 12:54 pm
Do you realize that you're saying
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Have you considered using Solar Thermal Rockets(...)? (...) preventing the issues arising from passing into the shadow of the Earth

Wouldn't you have a whole new set of issues trying to use Solar energy in the shade of the earth?

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Post    Posted on: Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:20 pm
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make the trip times shorter (a lot shorter), preventing the issues arising from passing into the shadow of the Earth


Read the whole post.


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Post    Posted on: Thu Dec 25, 2008 8:33 pm
Our engines are actually not tradition ion thrusters. They are a hybrid chemical/electrical engine.

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Post I know that now, but...   Posted on: Thu Dec 25, 2008 9:36 pm
I know that now, since I got Floating to Space for Christmas, but...

...why didn't you say earlier on the Internet? It would have silenced a lot of the Skeptics who base their argument on the Thrust/Drag ratio.

BTW; the reading style was a bit odd. off, and... amatuerish. The paragraphs shouldn't have been indented and had a space inbetween. 8) You didn't let the grammer checker correct yuo on that but you did on other ones.


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Post Re: I know that now, but...   Posted on: Thu Dec 25, 2008 11:34 pm
Terraformer wrote:
You didn't let the grammer checker correct yuo on that but you did on other ones.


Lol, an accidental spelling mistake here or not :P ? *Yuo*

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Post    Posted on: Fri Dec 26, 2008 12:01 pm
Lol. But those are spelling mistakes, not grammer mistakes.

The trouble I found was the lack of Subheadings. It would have a heading 'propulsion' and then have headings the same size such as 'solid core' and 'VASIMR'. Then, using the same size heading, it would go on to 'bouyuncy', or something in that area.


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