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Good news for once! The Ion engine is in the works!

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by CurtSibling, Aug 8, 2003.

  1. CurtSibling

    CurtSibling ENEMY ACE™ SLeague Staff Supporter

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    This is good!

    NASA's new Ion engine is having a rather promising test phase!

    Read about it here!

    It is only a matter of time before we are flying these!!!

     
  2. Turner

    Turner Deity Retired Moderator

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    Sweeeeeeet!

    If this works out. . . .

    Five years they've been running this engine! Five years! Nice to see something that isn't a drawing on a piece of paper. . .

    Be nice if they can use this for atmospheric craft. . . I wonder if they can use it for launch vehicles? I didn't see that in the article.

    Star wars here we come! (Now we just need a warp drive. . .anyone know where Zephram Cochrane is?)
     
  3. Cimbri

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    Ion propulsion should work in atmosphere.

    Looking forward to blasting those North Korean TIE fighters :D
     
  4. G-Man

    G-Man A One Man's War

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    They say the great advantage of the engines is that they can work for a long time, not that they're very strong. So I think they'll have little use in atmosphere planes. However for space travel and for satellites it could be a great step forward.
     
  5. Aphex_Twin

    Aphex_Twin Evergreen

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    The ion engine is nothing new. It was actually devised at the beginning of the century, along with the first liquid-fuel rockets. The main problem is that they can only be used in space. The impulse is so small, that it can only accelerate a spacecraft from 0 to 100 km/h (60 m/h) in about a week.
     
  6. Ohwell

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    TIE fighter!!
     
  7. Serutan

    Serutan Eatibus Anythingibus

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    Good news indeed. It'll really be great when it can be scaled up for manned flight.
     
  8. Esckey

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    NASA has a tendacy to makes thing last 3 to 10 times as long as it was oringally designed to.
     
  9. G-Man

    G-Man A One Man's War

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    And then keep running them untill they fall apart ;)
     
  10. sw99

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    Hmm interesting... see how this pans out.

    But the main reason for posting, love the new avatar curt!
     
  11. Xen

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    great news for the space industry!


    but.....who cares about ties, when you could have this-
     

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  12. wilbill

    wilbill That Old Time Religion

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    I'm going to stick with internal combustion until they get the Warp Drive perfected.
     
  13. Lefty Scaevola

    Lefty Scaevola Moderatus Illuminatus Super Moderator

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    You are 2 or 3 years late, nasa already lauch a probe which used ion propulsion to reach the far part of the solar system, and is still going.
     
  14. Ohwell

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    Yup; the great thing about it is that its extremely fast and won't burn out for a long time.
     
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    onejayhawk Afflicted with reason

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    There is no reason not to use them on manned flights, except that the accelerations is very low. We get impatient on manned flights. In theory this is a viable starship drive, for a generation ship. The corrolary is the sky lift, space elevator, or whatever you want to call it. Both are soley electrical power, and all that is provided by sunlight conversion.

    J

    PS There is an article on the elevator. I posted it on a seperate thread.
     
  16. CurtSibling

    CurtSibling ENEMY ACE™ SLeague Staff Supporter

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    How are we gonna get that one back? :p
     
  17. Xen

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    by putting another engine on the other side of it when its built
    :p
     
  18. Chris85

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    I think it's time to draw up those plans for the Death Star, eh Curt? :evil:
     
  19. Falcon02

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    Same way we did with Voyager.... recover the pieces centuries from now after a Klingon ship uses it for target practice....

    or when it comes back with a mind of it's own as a sentient being... take your pick ;)
     
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    Wich speed would spaceship gain with such engine ?
    Somebody knows ?
     

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