After 18 years of research, I have started the chapter outlines and would like to use this thread to find lost pieces in this SCI-FI Thriller.
Here is the first question up for debate and consultation;
We need an engine that can get me to Mars in 6 days and parked over the Valles Marineris in a stationary orbit.
I have this small engine that is powered by nuclear fusion. I imagine 4 separate lasers in a series of chambers that use hydrogen and helium3 as my fuel. The controlled nuclear thrust will control the acceleration speed. The lasers merge the hydrogen atoms with the helium3 atoms producing a very large reaction based on the amount of fuel in the ignition chamber. Not quite cold fusionm, but close.
Oh, btw, if we fuse a mixture of hydrogen and helium, the entire engine would literally explode with just a few atoms.
Edited by Pyridium, 30 March 2012 - 07:35 PM.