posted on Oct, 21 2013 @ 01:42 PM
reply to post by Kashai
“To power a rocket, the team has devised a system in which a powerful magnetic field causes large metal rings to implode around this plasma,
compressing it to a fusion state. The converging rings merge to form a shell that ignites the fusion, but only for a few microseconds. Even though the
compression time is very short, enough energy is released from the fusion reactions to quickly heat and ionize the shell. This super-heated, ionized
metal is ejected out of the rocket nozzle at a high velocity. This process is repeated every minute or so, propelling the spacecraft.
So, they propose to "eject" a mass rearward every minute,large enough to move the craft forward, for a period of time necessary to reach a velocity
which will traverse 26 million miles in thirty days.
I can't help but wonder just how large these rings will be and therefore how large the initial craft will need to be.
Also, after they gain the required velocity, how will they slow the craft when they reach mars, and will there be enough of the craft left over for
the trip home.
Based on this, they will have to build a craft 4 times as large as they need for the first part of the trip.
I would hope these points will be taken into account before they leave.
But, they are still using the same technology for propulsion as a chemical rocket.
edit on 21-10-2013 by teamcommander because: (no reason