Re: Orbit calculations

From: Stirling Westrup (sti@CAM.ORG)
Date: Fri Mar 09 2001 - 11:14:22 MST

Anders Sandberg wrote:

> BTW, any opinions on whether it is useful to use a nuclear Nerva
> rocket or whether plain oxygen-hydrogen fuel works well?
> > Of course, if it is just for a roleplaying game... {8-] spike

If the scenario is set enough years ahead (20 to 30 is sufficient, I'd
guess), you might have them using antimatter-catalyzed fission. NASA has
recently started looking closely at this possible technology. Of course,
it requires the building of at least one 20-billion dollar Bulk-Antimatter
production facility, but it has many things going for it. It is almost as
energy compact as straight antimatter-matter reactions, but uses only
about 1/100 the amount of antimatter for a given mission. I don't have a
URL handy, but I seem to remember seeing it at NASA's advance propulsion
systems website.

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