hubiestubert: I am shocked that this idea might not be exactly environmentally friendly...Though, in fairness, it was good enough for Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle...
taurusowner: Wow. 47 posts in and no one suggest a space elevator yet? I'm surprised.\And pleased\\What a terrible unrealistic idea
Argonreality: I'd personally like to see what kind of logistics would be required for a rather low-tech solution to escaping Earth's gravity well: balloons. Ones filled with hydrogen to be specific, and engineered to use only that gas instead of being made for something else and using hydrogen as a last minute substitute. Anyone know some rough numbers?
rocky_howard: simplicimus: Most of these seem to require chemical rockets to escape the gravity well. As for using nukes near earth, some people might object.Define "near".If you detonate a bomb, the effects are barely felt a hundred kilometers down the road.Even if you detonate a bomb midway to the Moon, that's 150,000 kilometers away, it's not going to affects us. Not to mention the bombs will likely start going off after they're past the Moon orbit, not right after they get out of the atmosphere.Bombs detonated after that distance aren't even probably going to be seen from here.Of course, the simpletons will think we'll nuke the entire sky and it'll be Armageddon. farking religion putting ideas in people's head.
Charles_Nelson_Reilly: The people dealing with fallout from the Fukushima accident might not agree that (1) the wise engineers will take care of everything and there will be no problems with the nukes during the flight, or (2) concerns about nukes are ideas put there by "farking religion." Fool me once ...
foxtail: One more thing to concider.Even if they could solve the problem with FTL travel and radiation, how are they going to know what is in their path a few seconds ahead of them?One chunk of rock floating in their path the size of a baseball....Or the size of an elephant.....
Z-clipped: Argonreality:By the way, all of that is ignoring the problem of considerable factors like wind, air turbulence, etc.
Mutt Farkinov: foxtail: One more thing to concider.Even if they could solve the problem with FTL travel and radiation, how are they going to know what is in their path a few seconds ahead of them?One chunk of rock floating in their path the size of a baseball....Or the size of an elephant.....This is why I tell all my friends, "Fark warp drives, the real money is going to be in wormholes and folding space technology."/warp drives are Edison//getting there without moving will be safer...that's Tesla
carterjw: Z-clipped: Argonreality:By the way, all of that is ignoring the problem of considerable factors like wind, air turbulence, etc.Actually the biggest problem is the velocity component. You can do a simple energy calculation and see that getting to orbital altitude takes only a fraction of the energy as getting to orbital velocity. That's the main reason things like spaceship1 are so much smaller than satteliete launching rockets. They are neat ways to get to space, but nothing like what is takes to stay in space.
Quantum Apostrophe: All you need is a new Periodic Table of the Elements, some new forces and particles, some new magical materials, sure, why not. Other than that, you realize that we are collectively on our last gasp of easy-to-get hydrocarbon fuels? What energy source, pray tell, a real, practical one that can actually be built, will power these magical carpets to the stars?And once you're in space, is it any less empty and deadly for all that?Anyways, Happy Mud Ball Holidays right here on Earth, you'll never leave this place might as well enjoy it!
turbocucumber: warp driveFor some reason I read that as fart drive. Why not, if the people on board produce enough gas, and can keep alive and going for long enough to make it? Bean powered space ships, maybe?/In space, no one can hear you fart//or smell it
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