posted on Feb, 22 2005 @ 11:05 AM
If you think that electrodynamic tethers for space transportation are cool, check out the planetary scale "tether" of io dipping inside the Jovian
magnetosphere, the Io Flux Tube:
The Flux Tube has a power output of about 2 trillion watts, comparable to the amount of all manmade power produced on Earth
Wouldn't it be nice if we tapped into this tube or create some flux tubes or tethers of our own around some planets ???
There are many other objects inside the reach of Jovian magnetosphere from wich we can convert their orbital energy into electricity by suspending
tethers or flux tubes from them.
Think of the implications for space travel, you could have some nice gigawatt energy/particle beams parked throughout the solarsystem.
One of the implications of the conversion of orbital energy by magnetic drag, is that these utilised moons / asteroids will get lower orbits, even
could crash into the Jovian atmosphere if energy is persistently extract for thousands of years, but this orbit lowering isn't necessarely a bad
How about creating a long gas plasma fluxtube from the moon, dipping into the earth magnetosphere, we could extract a bunch of kinetic energy from the
sheer kinetic mass of the moon, while at the same time, gradually bringing the moon cinto a closer orbit with earth so that our children will have to
travel only halve the distance or something...
[edit on 22-2-2005 by Countermeasures]