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#16    Lion6969

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:43 PM

Why not get a think tank to eradicate poverty and famine, much worthy cause than fantasising about something which is impossible!!!


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Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:16 PM

 Lion6969, on 07 September 2012 - 09:43 PM, said:

Why not get a think tank to eradicate poverty and famine, much worthy cause than fantasising about something which is impossible!!!
Absolutely correct,thats all it is a "fantasy"..but some are tending to take it seriously..

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 12:14 AM

Forget spending six months or more holed up in a rocket on the way to Mars, a round trip on the hyperdrive could take as little as 5 hours. All our worries about astronauts' muscles wasting away or their DNA being irreparably damaged by cosmic radiation would disappear overnight. What's more the device would put travel to the stars within reach for the first time. But can the hyperdrive really get off the ground? See link below:
http://www.bibliotec...imensions11.htm
Judge for yourself. What do you think?


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Posted 08 September 2012 - 02:06 AM

 Lion6969, on 07 September 2012 - 09:43 PM, said:

Why not get a think tank to eradicate poverty and famine, much worthy cause than fantasising about something which is impossible!!!

Well, it isn't impossible, but yes, we should take care of poverty (famine would be a bit tricky...).

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 02:38 AM

I think all this research started decades ago and that quite a bit of "progress" has been made, although the problem is how to introduce this information to a wider public.


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Posted 08 September 2012 - 04:07 AM

 nohands, on 07 September 2012 - 09:51 AM, said:

10years is the nearest star? tsk2x what a long journey!!
i think we need teleportation now!!
Nah... I think the closest star is 4.2 light years away. Alpha Centari or Proxima Centari, I think.
http://www.astro.wis...ra/nearest.html

10 light years (manybe 11 or a little more) is the distance to the closest star that is suspected to have a planet in orbit.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 04:11 AM

 TheMacGuffin, on 08 September 2012 - 02:38 AM, said:

I think all this research started decades ago and that quite a bit of "progress" has been made, although the problem is how to introduce this information to a wider public.
I think you are right. But, I think the problem has been a power source. A conventional (is there such a thing?) nuclear engine would be way to underpowered to get humans to the stars and back in anything less then 10 generations.

I think some kind of magnetic field manipulation might be the way to go. Since we can't manipulate gravity. Manipulation of gravity would allow us to quickly create a propulsion system that would be very quick.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 04:25 AM

 Lion6969, on 07 September 2012 - 09:43 PM, said:

Why not get a think tank to eradicate poverty and famine, much worthy cause than fantasising about something which is impossible!!!

I have a suspicion that once we become a space faring civilization (officially speaking) many of these older problems will start to decrease.


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Posted 08 September 2012 - 10:53 AM

The technology needed to make true interstellar travel viable is completely beyond us. 100 years? Could be 1000 years or frankly never.
There are several areas where we are barely more advanced than a if we'd just been hit on the head by an apple ;)
Look at the variety of methods that sci-fi writers use to bridge these huge gaps.
Take Star Trek as it's one of the most thoughtfully explored methods of interstellar travel (and the article mentions Urhura and Geordi).
Just off the top of my head, some of the things that the creators have invented to allow 'Warp drive' to happen.
Controlled Anti-Matter reactions (some basis in reality)
Dilithium crystals
Warp bubble/static warp field
Inertia dampeners
Navigational deflector array
Anti and artificial gravity

So even in the minds of those who write sci-fi when helped by real scientists (as ST-TNG was) the answer to interstellar travel is a mixture of technology that we can possibly aspire to, with technology that we can imagine but is completely beyond us and imaginary 'elements' to make it all work.

For true interstellar travel to be a century away, we literally need to find a derelict alien spaceship or hyperspace gate then have a century to back engineer it.


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Posted 08 September 2012 - 02:27 PM

How about gyrostatic nuclear powered drive, (as used by U.F.O.'s, just kidding) ? Some one must have explored gyroscopic lift, which was demonstrated about 30 years ago on t.v.(in front of an audience of scientists) where heavy objects could be easily lifted using gyroscope technology. (Or is this classified).

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 02:37 PM

 Lion6969, on 07 September 2012 - 09:43 PM, said:

Why not get a think tank to eradicate poverty and famine, much worthy cause than fantasising about something which is impossible!!!

They do have them, there are many organisations trying to solve that problem.

These guys are physicists, rocket scientists and engineers etc. This is their field, they're not going to start a think tank about an area they don't work in.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 08:42 PM

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Why not get a think tank to eradicate poverty and famine, much worthy cause than fantasising about something which is impossible!!!




and not to sound totally uncaring, but, since when has it been our job to feed the world?


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Posted 08 September 2012 - 11:25 PM

 spud the mackem, on 08 September 2012 - 02:27 PM, said:

How about gyrostatic nuclear powered drive, (as used by U.F.O.'s, just kidding) ? Some one must have explored gyroscopic lift, which was demonstrated about 30 years ago on t.v.(in front of an audience of scientists) where heavy objects could be easily lifted using gyroscope technology. (Or is this classified).

Gyroscopic lift looks very promising, in my opinion.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 04:12 AM

 DKO, on 08 September 2012 - 02:37 PM, said:

They do have them, there are many organisations trying to solve that problem.

These guys are physicists, rocket scientists and engineers etc. This is their field, they're not going to start a think tank about an area they don't work in.

Excellent point. It's not like there's some kind of shortage of 'think-tanks' on this planet. In fact, some might say there are too many. :su

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 04:45 AM

Impossible project, too less thinkers in planet earth.





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