posted on Jul, 1 2013 @ 10:37 AM
Last week, I read a few articles about the new finding that comets aren't actually "muddy ice", but much more silicate that creates hydroxyl and
water from solar radiation.
This led me to wonder if it would work to have a solar-powered fuel generator; a big hunk of silicate + magnifying glass (Fresnell lens?) inside some
kind of cage; suck off the emissions and compress them to burn?
mmmm...probably not efficient enough to be worth the effort.
Then, this morning, I read about the work to create shielding for long-term space travel. And I thought "maybe this might work after all"...so
here's the rough idea I'm thinking:
Shield the long-range spacecraft with lots of silicate, but trap the silicate in something so that emissions can be captured?
Really, that's it. If water is somehow created, might there be enough to provide fresh drinking water? Would this provide enough fuel for
propulsion, or would it only provide enough for "attitude jets"? Or would it not even produce that much?
Thanks in advance!