Re: Dyson shell redux

From: Ken Clements (
Date: Sun Mar 18 2001 - 13:59:11 MST

"Robert J. Bradbury" wrote:

> > I base this on what I call Hyper Orbital Velocity Mass or HOVM.
> Cool name. I'll start by pointing out that this is a variant
> on the Pohl and Williamson "The Saga of the Cuckoo" (aka
> "The Farthest Star" + "Wall Around a Star"). In that design
> I think they were circulating very high velocity fluid streams.

Thanks, Robert. I was pretty sure an idea this obvious had been suggested
before, I just had not seen it. I did not want to take on the problem of
turbulent friction in high velocity fluid, so I did not go there. However,
we may be able to design a solid state form of superlattice material that
could accelerate and guide tiny (< a few hundred atoms) objects through what
seems like solid matter, without friction. Something along the lines of the
way superconductors transport electrons.

I will think about the JBrain problems you mentioned, and let you know if I
come up with anything.


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