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    Father, Student, Dreamer, Doer
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  1. Craig, I like your description of the tiny cargo ships. They are the "Trans Quantum" part of the drive. Another way to imagine it would be a transporter on Star Trek. In one direction you have a high mass piston you are pushing. After it rebounds at the end you transport mass out of it so on the return trip you are pushing a lower mass. After it rebounds you transport the mass back in so you push the high mass again. Only instead of tiny spaceships or a transporter, the mass of the cylinder is simply being fluctuated as the field is adjusted. The parts are always all there, but at a q
  2. I am afraid I am going to have to make the readers suspend just enough disbelief that they don't do too much math. I did have another idea in which the discovery would be true "anti-gravity" where the same way magnets are drawn together by opposite poles and repel at like poles, the "anti-gravity" would create a "like pole" to the earth and be forced away. Then as you begin approaching another large body you let gravity draw you in a the proper angle before pushing off by activating the anti-gravity. In this way you would navigate your way through the universe like a billiard ball doing a
  3. I am using a technique called "the snowflake method" to help me organize my ideas into a cohesive story. I like things that are visual and logical, so it is right my alley. And for those ancients around here who remember some of my fractal work, you will appreciate how it appeals to me on that level as well.
  4. The man who conceived the idea of the Trans Quantum Inertial Drive was more fortunate than his master and managed to acquire for himself a minor fortune from his own inventions and endeavors. In his later years he purchased a large property in Ohio, over 3000 acres of wilderness with a sizable tributary to the Grand River running through it. The property was never fully developed aside from a spartan log house and a mill pond to generate power. For many years the property was held by a trust and the lineage of ownership was unknown to the family. The trust rented much of the property out t
  5. The theory of the Trans Quantum Drive is written by an assistant to Nicola Tesla. But the technology did not exist. This originator of the idea leaves the documentation that becomes part of a family folklore. An amusement. Three generations later while going through the documents of the estate an equally brilliant great-grandson sees the truth in the old documents and picks up on the theory where the originator had left off. With advancements in science and technology he realizes that the dreams of his ancestor are almost within reach and dedicates his life to making them a reality. He w
  6. Good to talk again, Craig. I think I might stick around for a little while. This has always been a good place to sort out some thoughts. Yes, the story is always the trick. I got so bogged down in the fictional science that I never got to the drama and characters. And of course that is where the story really lives. I want to start with a simple story that obscures the layers complexity underlying. Each subsequent story will fill in some blanks while open views to deeper mysteries. Doesn't that sound terrific! Now all that is left is the simple task of getting it all onto paper. How
  7. Has is really been two years since I posted here? Maybe I need to start a new topic....
  8. Thanks for the insightful reply, Craig. It has been a long time. Things are very well here at the Benton house. Yes, this is an idea for a reactionless drive. Originally I wanted to use entanglement as the basis for the drive, but then I was watching something about string theory and they commented on the concept of the interchangeability of matter and energy. That gave me the idea to approach it in this fashion. In a nutshell, this is the fictional theory upon which this drive works... There are currently two sets of physical laws. The size of an object determines what set of physi
  9. Well, I have been mulling over my Space Voyage story for some time now. I even spent some time writing, but I have always been hung up on the research. I want to write plausible fiction, but the facts of mass and energy with regard to even our most optimistic technology keep getting in the way. So I have reached into my bag of imagination and come up with a drive system that I hope does not break any physical laws, but still enables space exploration to happen. I call it, for lack of a better name, Trans Quantum Inertial Drive, and I present it here for whatever constructive feedback on th
  10. OK,we have a 20 billion kg ship in LEO. We want to accelerate to 3.456% of light speed. If we plan of taking 200 years to get to that speed it will take a constant thrust of 33,000,000 newtons. That is an awful lot of thrust for an awful long time. The acceleration rate would be very very very slow. My question is this... It the ship in LEO is on the same plane as the moon would it be accelerating fast enough to avoid hitting the moon? It seems that it would not fly straight away, but would go into an increasingly eccentric orbit until the apogee was at an escape point. Or would it si
  11. The biggest challenge with the perpetual wheel is getting back into the physical universe in which we live while it is still running. In a dream universe it not only keeps running, but accelerates perpetually until it rotates at a speed exceeding light. As soon as you bring it back here it begins to decelerate again. Bill
  12. How many pictures did you get? The ascent must have been much longer than 23 minutes. Bill
  13. Very cool! What altitude did it reach? What altitude were these pictures taken at? Very cool indeed! Bill
  14. This is a new one for me. I will have to give it some study... Thanks Boer! Bill
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