[ExI] specific thrust
eugen at leitl.org
Sat Dec 11 09:10:15 UTC 2010
On Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 10:57:35PM -0800, Adrian Tymes wrote:
> IIRC, the main problem was a heavy power source - and there's been much
> research since then into lighter weight power sources. So I wonder if it would
About the lightest power source is an almost unshielded reactor
running at close to self-destruction temperature. That is a nasty,
> be possible, using today's technology, to build an ion engine that could
> deliver 1G+ of thrust - again, including something to power said ion engine for
> about 10 minutes.
You realize that ion engines don't work much below 100 km?
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