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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
  15. I often find myself dividing zero when deciding where to invest the money I have saved at the end of the month. Which is a far cry better than figuring out how to take zero and divide it out into enough piles to pay all the bills. Bill
  16. Very interesting engine. I can imagine that if it had come before the internal combustion engine it may be the standard we see today. I am curious about the power to weight ratio that you get and the fuel efficiency. Bill
  17. I think it is beautiful, but the flaw in the design is that it is not modular. If there is a failure of the outer seal everyone dies, you cannot isolate a small percentage that fails and keep the rest running normally. One impact; done. I think that this is more along the lines of planetless living rather than terra forming other planets. Bill
  18. This could be a stepping stone (regardless of the construction) but ultimately we need to settle planets healthy for our survival. This means generation ships branching out in all directions. There is an evolutionary step in life aboard those ships. Then there is another in the settlement of the new planets. That is the ultimate challenge, and the ultimate way for mankind to survive. Bill
  19. The oceans of Mars did not turn to permafrost, they evaporated and blew away into space. Some remnant of the ancient water supply remains as permafrost. Remember that Mars has been dry for most of 3 billions years. It was not geologically inactive during that time, so underground water had ample opportunity to make its way to the surface and evaporate. Even ice evaporates (or sublimates) when exposed to atmosphere. 3 billion years is an awful long time for any substantial supply of water to have remained in such a dry atmosphere. Bill
  20. Ants and termites build impressive colonies of amazing engineering, but that is all they know how to do; that is what they do. Life to me is the same way. Life happens where it can how it can. Call it by chance, or call it a natural law. On earth everywhere we have looked for life we have found it. Wherever the chemistry of life can exist we find it. And in places where we did not expect to find it we find it. I would postulate that the rise of life is a fundamental physical law. Life is self adapting, self propagating chemical engineering. Bill
  21. I think that the 250,000 might be a bit high, but after a couple hundred I think it is a moot point. Mars already has an atmosphere of 2.5*10^16 kilograms. 95% CO2. If you presume that the thickness of the atmosphere needs to approximate Earth's (100 km) then the volume of Mars atmosphere would be 1.1*10^10 cubic meters, or 28.7% of the earth's atmospheric volume. That makes it closer to 125,000 comets minus the existing atmosphere and whatever gas comes out of the planet. Call it 75,000 to 100,000 comets. Of course this is assuming that 100% of each comet is trapped at atmosphere and th
  22. The first billion years of atmosphere are highly speculative. If much of our atmosphere came from collisions with bodies from space like comets then during the first billion years it was a time that the components for the atmosphere were building, probably faster than they were being swept away. I don't know the strength of the solar wind here or on mars. The papers state that the lack of a thick atmosphere on Mars is in part caused by the lack of a magnetic field. Because Mars is so much less massive than the earth its core cooled more quickly, stopping the dynamic forces that generated
  23. I understand Eclogite's arguments, however I cannot simply ignore published science on his objections alone. Here are several sources that state the magnetosphere protects the earth from radiation, including solar wind as a form of radiation. If the magnetosphere protects the atmosphere, and the atmosphere protects from radiation then you still need the magnetosphere first. The charged solar wind will otherwise strip away the atmosphere where it is vulnerable to that affect. Here are some links... The Earth's Magnetic Field Earth's Magnetic Field Magnetosphere - Wikipedia, the free
  24. In any event, we must start with a magnetic field. I will think about it today while I am touring Hoover Dam.
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