[ExI] fw: Drexler's Star Seeders

Robert G Kennedy III, PE robot at ultimax.com
Mon Sep 21 21:48:24 UTC 2015

On 2015-09-21 08:00, extropy-chat-request at lists.extropy.org wrote:
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> Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2015 22:45:27 -0700
> From: Keith Henson <hkeithhenson at gmail.com>
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> Subject: [ExI] No mirrors, was Deceleration mirrors
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> On Thu, Sep 17, 2015 at 5:00 AM,   Anders Sandberg <anders at aleph.se>
> snip
>> In my "spamming the universe" scheme I looked at enormous coilguns,
>> essentially a Dyson sphere with light-second long coilguns (a Dyson
>> urchin?) since they also get around the rocket equation. Eric D 
>> pointed
>> out that lasers would be even more effective, and the lens trick 
>> could
>> allow focused acceleration for a surprisingly long time.
> I don't know if he ever published it, but heard Eric Drexler 
> proposing
> to send out laser pushed vehicles that would reorganize themselves in
> flight as a coilgun.  When they were close to a target system, they
> would fire bacteria sized nano seeds backwards, scattering them in 
> the
> direction of planets with air at a low enough relative speed that 
> they
> would not burn up.  The seeds would settle through the atmosphere 
> till
> they reached the surface, then grow into something like a Larry Niven
> stage tree.  The nanomachines, augmented by microwaved instructions,
> would find an asteroid in the target system and build a breaking 
> laser
> used to slow down subsequent vehicles while the original went on to
> seed many stars.
> Keith

Robert G Kennedy III, PE

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