posted on May, 4 2005 @ 09:54 PM
It appears that they are still looking into a centrifugal type of gravity generation. While this will solve the gravity generation issue for a space
station, it could actually hinder the time needed for a trip to Mars, by having to divert energy to keeping this system active and constant. Given
current technology, most likely the spin of a spacecraft would be started by a thruster system, using the existing fuel on board the vessel. Since
extra fuel would be needed to get the mass of the spacecraft spinning at the right velocity to simulate Earth gravity, it would increase the weight of
a ship, and when fuel is a concern, this added weight could be detrimental to the performance of the vessel.
I feel that it can be achieved by a far simpler means, and using a lot less energy than conventional thrusters, and not requiring a spinning of the
space craft. I have doing a little theoretical research on a concept to do this more effectively, and I believe it can be done, with minimal energy
expenditure. The days of Star Trek style gravity generation may not be that far off.