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Felber has turned this idea on its head, predicting that a relativistic particle should also repel a stationary mass. He says that this effect could be exploited to propel an initially stationary mass to a good fraction of the speed of light.
The basis for Felber’s “hypervelocity propulsion” drive is that the repulsive effect allows a relativistic particle to deliver a specific impulse that is greater than its specific momentum, thereby achieving speeds greater than the driving particle’s speed. He says this is analogous to the elastic collision of a heavy mass with a much lighter, stationary mass, from which the lighter mass rebounds with about twice the speed of the heavy mass.
What’s more, Felber predicts that this speed can be achieved without generating the severe stresses that could damage a space vehicle or its occupants. That’s because the spacecraft follows a geodetic trajectory, in which the only stresses arise from tidal forces (although it’s not clear why those forces wouldn’t be substantial).
The exact time-dependent gravitational-field solutions of Einstein’s equation in (Felber, 2008 and 2009) for a mass moving with constant velocity, and the two-step approach in (Felber, 2005b, 2006a, 2006b and 2006c) to calculating exact orbits in dynamic fields, and the retarded fields calculated in (Felber, 2005a) all give the same result: Even weak gravitational fields of moving masses are repulsive in the forward and backward directions at source speeds greater than 31/2 c .
eriktheawful
Another problem: time dilation.
Traveling at 0.99 c both ways result's in a trip of only 8.6 years for the probe.
But over 60 years will have passed here.
KonstantinaValentina
reply to post by stormbringer1701
Hello.
Many people think about how to go faster in relativistic space.
This is good.
That, however, is only half of problem.
Where is the brakes?
How to stop?
Fast is good, but, how to stop once the destination is reached?
edit on 10-3-2014 by KonstantinaValentina because: (no reason given)
Arbitrageur
I'd love to see the results of the test at the LHC. So it would be a special kind of ion drive?
stormbringer1701
eriktheawful
Another problem: time dilation.
Traveling at 0.99 c both ways result's in a trip of only 8.6 years for the probe.
But over 60 years will have passed here.
I believe your understanding of time dilation is incorrect. at .99 c those outside the ship will see the journey take 4.3 years but those inside the ship will experience only a few weeks. those at rest relative to the ship (here planetary orbital speed and stellar orbital speed around the galaxy are ignored) have no time dilation effect good or bad.
eriktheawful
stormbringer1701
eriktheawful
Another problem: time dilation.
Traveling at 0.99 c both ways result's in a trip of only 8.6 years for the probe.
But over 60 years will have passed here.
I believe your understanding of time dilation is incorrect. at .99 c those outside the ship will see the journey take 4.3 years but those inside the ship will experience only a few weeks. those at rest relative to the ship (here planetary orbital speed and stellar orbital speed around the galaxy are ignored) have no time dilation effect good or bad.
Time Dilation due to velocity is given as:
Where:
t prime = amount of time passing for the observer at rest (IE us here on Earth).
t = amount of time passing on the ship moving
v = ship's velocity
c = speed of light.
If the distance to your destination is 4.3 lightyears, traveling at close to light speed (99%), the travel time for anyone on board the ship will be around 4.3 years.
In the above expression, you can use m/s , km/s , miles /s or even percentages to represent the velocity of the ship and light (as long as you use the same for both).
So we punch in our numbers:
t prime = ?
t (ship time) = 4.3 years
v = 0.99
c = 1
v squared is 0.9801
c squared is 1.0
v/c = 0.9801
1 - 0.9801 = 0.0199
The squareroot of 0.0199 = 0.14106735979665884425232163690877
4.3 / 0.14106735979665884425232163690877 = 30.481891815358443732913720538077
So, 4.3 years ship time, traveling at 99% of the speed of light equals 30.48 years for those observers at rest (here on Earth).
Time Dilation Wikipedia
Aliensun
reply to post by eriktheawful
The trend here seems to ignore that an incredible amount of time will be required to accelerate the velocity of the ship from zero to .99SOL. At the midway point the ship would have to reverse the direction of the thrusters and light them up for the exact same amount of time to deliver the ship to zero speed once the reached the other star. There ain't no free lunch, so factor that in also.
Better shelve all of this relativistic chatter and copy the very manner that UFOs seem to move and that is by canceling their mass. Do that, and you can fly alongside protons. I know textbooks and professors must keep you ignorant of what seems to be the most likely possibility of genuine interstellar travel, but all of you young, bright minds should be considering alternatives that are literally staring you right in the face.
The following table illustrates how insignificant the effect of time dilation are for velocities as great as half the speed of light, but how dramatic it becomes as you draw ever closer to the speed of light. For each velocity, the time which elapses in the rest frame for each day measured by the ship's clock is given. By the time we reach 90% of the speed of light, for each day on board, two and a quarter days pass for an observer stationary with the respect to the Lattice. As we start tacking on nines to our velocity, time dilation becomes ever more extreme. At 0.999999 of the speed of light, almost two years pass in the Lattice for every ship's day. If we continue to accelerate to 0.99999999999999 c, for every day on board, nearly twenty thousand years pass for the observer at rest.
At the velocities people currently travel the effect of time dilation is small, but measurable with accurate instruments. Since time dilation affects the rate at which time passes, the total discrepancy between stationary and moving clocks increases throughout the voyage. Several Russian cosmonauts have spent a year or more in Earth orbit on the space station Mir. Their orbital velocity, about 7700 metres per second, is only 0.0000257 times the speed of light, yielding a time dilation factor of 1.00000000033; each second on board Mir, 1.00000000033 seconds pass on Earth. For every second you age on Earth, the cosmonaut in orbit ages 3 nanoseconds less. This doesn't seem like much, but it adds up; after a year the cosmonaut's watch will be 3.8 seconds behind your earthbound timepiece.
Consider a space ship traveling from Earth to the nearest star system outside of our solar system: a distance d = 4 light years away, at a speed v = 0.8c (i.e., 80 percent of the speed of light).
(To make the numbers easy, the ship is assumed to attain its full speed immediately upon departure—actually it would take close to a year accelerating at 1 g to get up to speed.)
The parties will observe the situation as follows:[5][6]
The Earth-based mission control reasons about the journey this way: the round trip will take t = 2d/v = 10 years in Earth time (i.e. everybody on Earth will be 10 years older when the ship returns). The amount of time as measured on the ship's clocks and the aging of the travelers during their trip will be reduced by the factor epsilon = sqrt[1 - v^2/c^2], the reciprocal of the Lorentz factor. In this case ε = 0.6 and the travelers will have aged only 0.6 × 10 = 6 years when they return.
The ship's crew members also calculate the particulars of their trip from their perspective. They know that the distant star system and the Earth are moving relative to the ship at speed v during the trip. In their rest frame the distance between the Earth and the star system is εd = 0.6d = 2.4 light years (length contraction), for both the outward and return journeys. Each half of the journey takes 2.4/v = 3 years, and the round trip takes 2 × 3 = 6 years. Their calculations show that they will arrive home having aged 6 years. The travelers' final calculation is in complete agreement with the calculations of those on Earth, though they experience the trip quite differently from those who stay at home.
pikestaff
One thing, why come back? if there is something that can be used for fuel for the ion drives, why not go on to the next star? if there is water ice and mineral asteroids to mine, just keep going, frozen animal sperm and eggs for meat, hydroponics for fruit and veg., plus a large store of seeds, just send back radio or laser signals, or message drones.
eriktheawful
reply to post by stormbringer1701
Forget what I said.....doh! You are correct.
Not enough coffee this morning I guess: yes, time slows down for the crew, but only 4.3 years will have passed here (one way).
I must be sort of half way in my own time dilation this morning.