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by Mike Holmes
Thu Jun 12, 2008 1:27 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Making Electricity with the p-B Polywell
Replies: 134
Views: 38096

Not directly related, but just to finish up the description of the process, once the Alphas have been decellerated to generate the electricity, then there has to be a removal process. Or soon you're going to have less and less of a vaccuum. Can they be removed while still charged? So as to give some...
by Mike Holmes
Wed Jun 11, 2008 1:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Military Sucks
Replies: 40
Views: 9514

The Ekranoplane is, in fact, a GEV (so that's 1 to 4 meters, yes). Which makes it an interesting possible use for fusion. As Eric points out, if you take out the fuel requirements, and simply assume that the plants are the same size (and a polywell might actually be smaller than the power plant on t...
by Mike Holmes
Tue Jun 10, 2008 6:20 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: Tesla's Dream
Replies: 17
Views: 23019

Tesla's Dream

In another thread, somebody proposed that tractors could be run electrically with "tethers" (maybe I didn't understand the proposition, but it sounds like electric cords to me). If electric power is cheap enough, however, it might make it economical to start considering moving towards a re...
by Mike Holmes
Tue Jun 10, 2008 6:01 pm
Forum: Implications
Topic: Screw the Space Elevator, Lets Launch Loop
Replies: 22
Views: 13242

Hey, fusion power could get us into space cheap, making it easy to make that orbiting station which we'd use to make cheap launches... Oh... wait... that'd make it redundant at that point, wouldn't it? Fusion doesn't "cut both ways" it simply leapfrogs technologies that people envision as ...
by Mike Holmes
Mon Jun 09, 2008 4:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Military Sucks
Replies: 40
Views: 9514

by Mike Holmes
Mon Jun 09, 2008 4:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Military Sucks
Replies: 40
Views: 9514

Actually I was thinking of something like a C-130 carrying one of Northrop's in-development 100KW lasers (think AC-130 Spectre). Can stay up forever, shoot whatever it wants as much as it wants... The problem with using it for cargo isn't it's weight, but the space it takes up. Heavy lifters already...
by Mike Holmes
Mon Jun 09, 2008 3:07 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: magrid configuration brainstorming
Replies: 632
Views: 143859

Sure, I wouldn't expect that such a model would eliminate loss entirely. Merely that the deformation of the fields might be such that loss might be reduced. I understand that it might be difficult to model such a geometry, however. It just seemed intuitive to try to provide inbound momentum from all...
by Mike Holmes
Mon Jun 09, 2008 2:12 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: magrid configuration brainstorming
Replies: 632
Views: 143859

Hi, total layman here. But I'm reading with a lot of interest. The geometry question is fascinating. At first, seeing the triangular-sided figure on page one that somebody posted, I was tempted to suggest an isocahedron, as it would have a very spherical shape (hence why they're often used to model ...

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