Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Not Quite Warp Drive

The Telegraph reports on what looks like a promising development in space travel. An electromagnetic drive developed over 15 years ago, but ridiculed, is being looked at now as feasible. It uses solar power to generate microwaves which generate thrust. 

Considered akin to the Impulse Drive of Star Trek lore, it will make space travel much faster than it is now. They believe it could get someone to the moon in around four hours, Mars in 70 days. That would take out one of the biggest barriers I've always felt prohibited man from making a serious effort to land on Mars. Current plans would take as long as six months to get there.

Neat stuff. My only question now is what if there isn't solar power available if you're too far away from our sun or another star?


At 1:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

had a wrist watch once that recharged the battery with motion , needless to say i blew it up when working with a jackhammer . would love for something like that to happen in my lifetime , we need to get beyond our own moon and soon . if it wasn't for the dark ages which banned and punished science , we could be 200 more years into the future right now .

At 2:00 PM, Blogger Julie Timmons said...

If it only took four hours , I'd sign up for a moon trip myself!

At 2:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So true. If people didn't look to politicians and priests, but instead to engineers, technicians, analysts, economists, scientists and other realists for answers to problems, the world would be in a much better place and like you point out, we would be much more advanced as a civilization.

By design, politicians and priests aren't problem solvers. They confuse and obfuscate issues.

At 2:17 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

" I'd sign up for a moon trip myself"

It sure would be nice to have the opportunity available.

At 4:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, but will there be a Trump Towers on the moon?

At 4:18 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Who knows? I don't think I'd be interested in staying in one if there was.


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