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we live in a fortunate age though. We no longer have to wait for big government to finance thing or to do things. private companies and even individuals are doing it now. Things will develop as never before. Who is it that is developing cargo and personal shuttles to the ISS now? Who is that dude at UC Fullerton that is working on ME thrusters and maybe wormholes? A private individual named James Woodward.
originally posted by: criticalhit
I actually got switched up with who was posting to who there honestly.
My point is simple, while interesting the "how" will absolutely work itself out, likely as usual in an unexpected manner, much in the same way alternative energy is opening up from 100 directions right now.
It feels "futile" to me to debate the "how" since innovation has that way of exploding in directions hardly anyone could have predicted since research opens doors...
I'm just in the "why" camp... the incentive, that's where I think the real issues lay, the harder problem to solve is the motivation imho... I'm a giant geek, I don't need it, but politicians and people do... like I said earlier, my mind goes to the PR issues on it. How to create incentive on the whole concept.
nah. Dr White has nothing to do with VASIMR. Dr White's QVPT is a different engine. Dr White's presentation slides were briefing on the performance of his QVPT.
originally posted by: big_BHOY
a reply to: stormbringer1701
The 4 Newton (0.9 lbs of thrust) bit if memory serves was from when they were developing & testing the initial VASIMR engine. It was using or planned to use 200/250kW's but to achieve the aim of going humans going to Mars in 39 days would require a reactor that could output something like 20MW's.