posted on Aug, 8 2008 @ 02:24 PM
Originally posted by Fulcrum29
The Large Hadron collider is using a bunch of giant magnets to propel some protons to "99.999999999999" the speed of light.
I am just wondering if any resident physicists or those with scientific knowledge can explain why it would therefore not be possible to use much
larger magnets to propel a ship of some sort into outer space at 99% the speed of light.
Or would this require magnets of such huge proportions that they would have to be as big or bigger than the Earth itself? Also I suppose there's the
acceleration factor, i.e. a human probably wouldn't survive the G forces of going from 0 to 99% of speed of light in only a fraction of a second or
what have you.
It is possible and the rate of acceleration can be easily controlled. The amount of power required would actually be less than what we currently use
to send up a shuttle. We currently employ something similar in the newest amusement park rides.
Some of the problems here are the amount of track that would be necessary to control or limit the rate of acceleration against our gravity to maintain
tolerances of humans and our equipments capacity. Another issue with electromagnetism is the residual magnetic effect on ferric materials and
With a substantial length of track, we must concern ourselves with any interference on or around the track, such as a cow, a bird or a friendly little
turtle. And about the system as a whole, they just can’t seem to shield enough against the powerful gauss effect, created by the long length of
magnetic track that is needed to reach escape velocity, to allow all of the electronic circuits to work properly after a launch. However, G-force is
relative to motion, inertia and gravity and in space there is no natural gravity, so a rail could accelerate an object or a person to great velocity,
that nearing the SOL, from a very short piece of track without the negative effects experience here on Earths surface.
A lot could go wrong and believe it or not, NASA really does do a good job at calculating contingencies. This idea has been intriguing and variations
of electromagnetic propulsion with liquid or solid fuel combinations have been calculated. It is still a WHIP.
But a few more alternative ideas have surfaced that warrant serious consideration and study. One such is a project of study whereas a type of shuttle
pod which uses a specific type of plasma propulsion system that is directed and ignited by an external source, such as an overhead space station or
satellite. Sort of a space elevator, highly effective, very efficient, doesn’t rely on speed to escape Earths gravity but they are still working on
the safety angle. Another is the SCRAM jet system, yet another would be a variation of the SCRAM jet with a plasma pulse and so on.
At least, so I am told.