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  1. Thanks! I'm actually incorporating the black hole into the story. If I find anything else about it that isn't mentioned I'll be sure to post.
  2. Modest~ I was reading about it and it does seem like a lot of the ship would need to be lost in order for this to work. That I will have to figure out. The ship, (how I have it written so far) is about a kilometer long, so plenty of ship to lose. There's another problem. The ships power is from the sails, which "deflect" charged particles (which come from the high powered particle accelerator). There's two sails and so the particles "bounce" back and forth at a fast rate. The first sale is large and is being pushed, the inner is smaller and focused on heating the sails and deflecting the ch
  3. I've really enjoyed the ideas! I don't even know what to do. I like the particle igniting storyline and the black hole... So now I just need to decide what to do. If I went with the black hole, which I admittedly know very little about the penrose process, how would the ship get damaged? Well, I am sure I could work something out with that. Lots to think about... All great ideas, though. Thanks all for the great help!! Any other suggestions are welcome. :phones:
  4. You know . . . I really like the cloud idea. Because of the nature of the particle beams focus if there was some cloud where, if the ship was in it during the time the beam hit the sails the extra particles "ignited" (for lack of a better word) could send the ship very quickly off course as well as knock out or fry some circuits. Navigation down. And with the nature of the duel sails the energy would stay constant. Wow! Thanks man! That was great.
  5. See, and that is the problem. The 0.5c was easy enough to find a way, but that's the most I can get. (Which was on purpose). I'm thinking that I'm going to have to change that, but if someone has and idea on something that could cause that it would be greatly appreciated. :eek2:
  6. Hey, Thanks for the reply!! The beam-powered high frequency particle accelerator, (that's the technical name) is actually aimed at the sails of the ship from (in my story) Mars. Reading about these it seemed as though they have to be fired from a planet or asteroid or something. It wouldn't be able to be on the ship, but because of how it reacts to the sails the momentum is steady and fast. The sails, using a static magnetic field to deflect charged particles which radiated from the beam, accelerated the space-craft from the momentum it caused. There are basically two sails that the p
  7. Hello! I am new here!! Glad I found this forum, I've been reading it for the last few hours. Anyway, I am young, going to school and just switched my major to Astrophysics/physics. Unfortunately I am still not very knowledgeable about many things in regards to this. I love learning about space time, and speed and travel. I got interested in this because I am a writer. (Or love to write, I should say). Currently I am working on a story and am stumped. I feel I understand what would happen if a ship could reach 95% of the speed of light, but how to get there is another thing. I've gotten
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