Re: Travelling the Stars

Anders Sandberg (
11 Dec 1998 16:49:13 +0100

"Samael" <> writes:

> How about nano sized cradt with a whopping big shield in front of them (I
> liked the idea in Songs of Distant Earth of using an ice shield as it
> shouldn't be hard to pick up hydrox elsewhere).

I think you would run the risk of having the shield break up in a nasty way - it is hit by a dust mote, and turns into a fireball. I prefer Bishop's idea of sending a lot of very small and cheap and redundant nanocraft by catapult instead - a few might flame out, but enough would survive.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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