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August 17, 2006

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andrew connolly gilchrist

the best idea here is the magntic propulsion, the problem is though what about the other obstacles in space. gas clouds, what if there was a meteorite storm,you would need some kind of sheild radar system that can detect whats happening further in space and you again whould have to be able to react in time

Martin

Has anyone ever thought about "magnetic" propulsion?

If two magnets of oposite polarity push eachother away, isn't there a way to electronically enhance and activate two magnets to "push off" and create a propulsion system?

No noise, no exhaust, no polution! Sound familiar?

daniel moore

you could use a wide laser beam to detect for any obstructions in the beam. therefore, by working out where abouts the obstruction is you should be able to calculate the size, place and path of the object, providing the beam is wider than the craft and parallel. but, this would only be accurate depending on the speed you are travelling.

s.monroe

One solution would be to develop "drift maps" which plot and predict the trajectory of objects in space. These could be built using whatever contemporary, extra-solar detection technology exists at the time. It would be alot like weather and cloud predictions in aviation. The more charted regions of space would obviously be the safest to travel, while the "darker" regions might prohibit safe near-light speed travel.

jiqiwa

before car was invented, people must have wondered similiar things when they imaged a super fast vehicle: how will it deal with other super fast vehicles, roaming horses, slow-moving carriages? well, we invented highways.
I think space travel will be the same, if you are in an uncharted territory, you have to be careful, slow, if you are on space high ways, the traffic control system will take care of you -- probably using some kind of "travelling space reserve system", like the semaphore I just coded.

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