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Originally posted by jra
The only concern that comes to my mind is radiation. At present we don't have anything that blocks radiation 100%. So if these orbiting 'warehouses' are sitting there for a few years. I don't think I'd want to eat or drink any of that food.
It is an interesting idea, but without proper protection, I don't think it will work.
Isn't that why they are working on developing nanotechnology?
Youngquist's team envisions a spacecraft equipped with what's called a multipole electrostatic radiation shield, a radiation guard made up of three, electrically charged spheres set in a line along the axis of the ship. The center sphere, set close or even attached to the crew module, would be positively charged, while two outrigger spheres on either side would carry a negative charge. Together, the combination should be enough to repel both high-energy protons and electrons that would otherwise penetrate a spacecraft.
Originally posted by Impreza
Isn't that why they are working on developing nanotechnology? Without it, they can't even make it halfway to Mars, so they are desperately trying to get it done before the mission.
Originally posted by ThePieMaN
I kinda like the idea of hitching a ride on that passing asteroid