This will not be a lengthy OP as I just want to throw a theory out that just popped into my head, just to get some feedback on the plausibility
thereof. I have been periodically following these two threads and where the overall basis of this theory stems:
Chinese Scientists State That Behind Elenin Comes a UFO
Inside info on comet Elenin (yes, you're being lied to)
I was thinking, this would be an ideal way to travel interstellar-ly. First, considering that most of the Comets, Asteroids, and other "stuff" flying
around in our own solar system have (for the most part) an elliptical orbit. This wouldn't really be a feasible theory unless used within the solar
system BUT, after you get through reading this post, you may agree how all of the objects in our solar system would in fact be perfect candidates once
"the traveler" hopped off
(that will make sense at the end of this).
Now, Science has claimed that there are potential Comets, Asteroids, and other "stuff" flying through space on
parabolic and hyperbolic orbits
(here is also another
very detailed link
that goes into these orbits
among other things, my brain started to freeze up on that one though
) then this theory becomes completely plausible in my opinion and could
incorporate any and every Comet, Asteroid, or other flying debris in our solar system and beyond as a cheap means of travel. Where most of the travel
is thanks to the gravity and known trajectories of said flying objects.
To do so, I feel one would really only need to know and possess a few things, albeit an advanced knowledge thereof presumably. None the less, rather
simplistic in it's own right:
A) Know the destination.
B) Know the trajectory and paths of the parabolic and hyperbolic objects floating around space. More, if their trajectory would in fact get one near
their desired destination.
C) Have a ship (obviously) capable of withstanding interstellar travel and all that goes with it (in our case oxygen, water, food, sleep, and
protection from the elements) and perhaps some pretty wallpaper.
D) Design that ship's capability to reach a velocity to match said object's floating through space velocity. Once "hitched" energy consumption would
only be needed to support the above 5 survival requirements. I thought of the debris field but, if the ship was made of strong material debris would
bounce right off, or you could go way out and suggest some sort of protective energy shield could be in place to thwart that. Being that the ship's
velocity would be matched to the object's debris tail (I would think) it wouldn't be all that detrimental. Or, the position one placed the ship behind
the object may be ahead of and otherwise free of debris field, there is alway that notion.
E) Last but not least all one would need is patience and the mental/emotional wherewithal to handle the trip, as well as, and depending on the
duration, maintaining the ability to re-populate "the crew".
It's not speed of light travel by any means but, Comets, Asteroids, and the like can be known to move at a pretty quick click through space. It would
be the interstellar version of a public bus line system in that one's trip could be planned by hopping off of one object and on to another to reach
ones final destination. Seemingly, these trips could be planned as one way, or round trip provided one had the correct knowledge of the trajectories
of said objects flying around in space.
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