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This New Fusion Engine Will Cut The Travel Time To Mars Down To Six Weeks
Business Insider ^ | 10/4/12 | Geoffrey Ingersoll

Posted on 10/04/2012 1:15:53 PM PDT by Nachum

Brace yourselves: Researchers at University of Huntsville in Alabama say they are using "Dilithium Crystals" in a new fusion impulse engine that could cut the travel time to Mars down to as little as six weeks, not the six months it takes now. Txchnologist, an online magazine sponsored by General Electric, talked to team member and aerospace engineering PH.D. candidate Ross Cortez, he said "The fusion fuel we're focusing on is deuterium [a stable isotope of hydrogen] and Li6 [a stable isotope of the metal lithium] in a crystal structure." "That's basically dilithium crystals we're using," he said (Snip) The

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: engine; fusion; mars; travel
Warp speed
1 posted on 10/04/2012 1:15:56 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

We can pay for it with Obamamoney.


2 posted on 10/04/2012 1:20:24 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Nachum

Star Trek is right again.


3 posted on 10/04/2012 1:21:49 PM PDT by rsobin
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To: Nachum

Full Impulse POWAH!


4 posted on 10/04/2012 1:23:48 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG

So at which end of that trip is the dirt redder? Mars or Huntsville?


5 posted on 10/04/2012 1:26:00 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Mars!? I HATE Mars!

Total recall mars landing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXEK4XqL5rw


6 posted on 10/04/2012 1:26:39 PM PDT by Nachum (The List was hacked- www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum
Brace yourselves: Researchers at University of Huntsville in Alabama say they are using "Dilithium Crystals" in a new fusion impulse engine that could cut the travel time to Mars down to as little as six weeks, not the six months it takes now.

Now we have to figure out how to slow it down....


7 posted on 10/04/2012 1:34:46 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Nachum

Six weeks - still would need a lot of movies or ebooks.


8 posted on 10/04/2012 1:37:16 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Nachum

Look for the Plains of Mars soon to be littered with catalogs from Pottery Barn and announcements of winnings from Publisher’s Clearing House, while your first class letter languishes somewhere outside Peoria.


9 posted on 10/04/2012 1:38:27 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Alex Murphy

Planetary Aero-Breaking as in 2012 Space Odyssey might work.


10 posted on 10/04/2012 1:43:43 PM PDT by Nachum (The List was hacked- www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

Dilithium crystals have a history of being very short lived. You don’t want to be stuck out in space without extras. It’s not like there is a Harry Mudd on Uranus out there.


11 posted on 10/04/2012 1:45:09 PM PDT by Sybeck1
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To: Sybeck1
Glad to hear you do not have “Mudd on Uranus” but why did we need to know that?
12 posted on 10/04/2012 1:54:40 PM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (All Y'all White Peoples is racist!)
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To: Nachum

That’s quite a tecnological advance.

Now on to the next challenge:

How to slow down to a stop from 50,000 mph without turning the humans into grease spots on the bulkhead.


13 posted on 10/04/2012 1:58:13 PM PDT by Iron Munro (A bisexual Muslim is one who owns both a camel AND a goat.)
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To: Nachum

Any progress on transparent aluminum?


14 posted on 10/04/2012 1:58:40 PM PDT by BRK
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To: Nachum

"Time for a little Rock and Roll!"

15 posted on 10/04/2012 2:10:29 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (November 6th is the tipping point for freedom in America.)
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To: Nachum

16 posted on 10/04/2012 2:11:53 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Sybeck1

Your mother told me there was no Harry Mudd on Uranus.


17 posted on 10/04/2012 2:17:05 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: BRK

Actually about 6 months ago. Just Google it...


18 posted on 10/04/2012 2:22:43 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Y’know, that just might be hairy mud but I can’t for the life of me understand the reference to uranus...


19 posted on 10/04/2012 2:29:06 PM PDT by oldfart (Obama nation = abomination. Think about it!)
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To: Nachum

bfl


20 posted on 10/04/2012 2:32:31 PM PDT by Democrat_media (China is destroying all our jobs and manufacturing ability. China makes everything.)
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To: BRK

Transparent aluminium has been in use in armoured vehicles for several years.

http://science.howstuffworks.com/transparent-aluminum-armor.htm


21 posted on 10/04/2012 2:39:31 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Nachum

Isn’t that treaty that prevents us from putting nuclear powered thingies into space still around?


22 posted on 10/04/2012 2:40:07 PM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: Iron Munro

Start braking a little over half way there?

But yeah, my first thought was how many G’s would it take.


23 posted on 10/04/2012 2:41:30 PM PDT by Darth Reardon
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To: dfwgator

24 posted on 10/04/2012 2:45:31 PM PDT by JediJones (ROMNEY/RYAN: TURNAROUND ARTISTS ***** OBAMA/BIDEN: BULL $HIT ARTISTS)
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To: Iron Munro

“How to slow down to a stop from 50,000 mph without turning the humans into grease spots on the bulkhead.”

Accellerate at 1g half way there and decellerate 1 g half way back (or whatever the ratio is), minus whatever speed is needed to maintain stable orbit at Amrs.


25 posted on 10/04/2012 2:53:53 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Iron Munro

how long does it take to travel 64,000,000 in a ship capable of accelerating at 1g assuming the maximum acceleration is used, then:

1g = 32 ft / s^2

1g = (32 ft /s^2)(3600^2 s^2/hr^2)(1 mile/5280 ft)

1g = 78545 mile/hr^2

64,000,000 = 2 * 32,000,000 (because you spend half the time accelerating and half the time decelerating - otherwise you get there, but you can’t stop)

d = at^2
t = sqrt(d/a)

t = sqrt(32,000,000 miles / (78545 miles/hr^2))
t = sqrt(407)
t = 20.2 hr

Double that and get 40.4 hr, or just under two days.


26 posted on 10/04/2012 2:59:36 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Jewbacca

Thanks Jewbacca,
That was an amazing article on transparent aluminum over at HowStuffWorks.com. I had no idea that Star Trek item had already come true. I am afraid to ask about the tricorder. BTW, the HowStuffWorks site really pulls you in and one article leads to another and I was engrossed for several hours!


27 posted on 10/06/2012 11:01:15 AM PDT by BRK
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