Re: Travelling the Stars

Samael (
Fri, 11 Dec 1998 16:54:33 -0000

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From: Anders Sandberg <>
To: <> Date: 11 December 1998 16:51
Subject: Re: Travelling the Stars

>"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.

What are we sending out in these nanocraft?

If I want to travel out in one of these these things (obviously PKZipped down), I'm not sure I want multiple redundant copies going out.

Or are we just sending out nanocraft to set up a habitabler area for us to inhabit when we get there?