quote: Mass weight may not be the 'correct' term, but it eliminates the confusion of 1Kg giving a totally different weight when it is put on an ordinary scale.
quote: Simplest of all is to use a balance with a dial calibrated to readout in Newtons. A 100kg man would get on the scale and be shocked to discover his weight is 981. Yes that is Newtons, but the same man would not be surprised to see his weight register as 220...pounds.
quote: Let's just tax the world so he can have his "Enterprise"! Brilliant...
quote: The drawback is that the only engine designs we have that are capable also require massive amounts of reaction mass to maintain acceleration and are nuclear. Currently NERVA and the other high power nukes are off the table.
quote: Ion drive and the other constant boost engines that are presently usable for long trips max out at about .1G.
quote: Considering that launch costs are about 5 to 10 Million $ per ton, and assuming that a spaceship of 500m would weigh about as much as a regular ship of that dimension (~ 100,000 tons) we are looking at more than 500 billion cost just to get all the materials into space.
quote: Of course the main problem about such plans remains the cost that the excited engineer in this case plans to fix with "minor tax raises". Considering that launch costs are about 5 to 10 Million $ per ton, and assuming that a spaceship of 500m would weigh about as much as a regular ship of that dimension (~ 100,000 tons) we are looking at more than 500 billion cost just to get all the materials into space. Take into account that you also need to get a lot of personal and tools up and down, and you are looking at a cost of several trillion $.
quote: Besides...assuming we find intelligent life out there, and also assuming they've picked up old re-runs of Star Trek TOS mysteriously beamed out into space...
quote: 2. reaching the moon in 3 days? the apollo mission can do that. it's not that impressive IMHO
quote: BTE Dan has challenged other engineers to find any flaws with his plans that are not money-related, saying that his Gen1 could absolutely be built using current technology in a 20-year period.
quote: A Battlestar Galactica-esque ship is way more plausible
quote: humans will play the roll of the Ferengi.
quote: In STNG everyone has access to UNLIMITED raw materials.
quote: The ONLY thing STNG does do, is assume that in a world where EVERYONE's basic needs are met. That people would evolve to a point where they get enjoyment and every day satisfaction from doing whatever they can to better all of life.
quote: And people have volunteered to be a part of Star Fleet and perform those tasks. In the rest of the Federation, all of the that is taken care of by individuals who simply see needs in the population and take care of it. Their own moral responsibility to bettering humanity mans those hours.
quote: What you fail to understand is that human behavior would change when we no longer are forced to compete for limited resources.
quote: I do not pretend to think that even a pure communist society would be utopian, but it is not the evilness that tzars and dictators have made it out to be.
quote: ion propulsion engine powered by a 1.5 gigawatt nuclear reactor
quote: The only issue is finding a way to make antimatter cheaply and quickly in massive quantities.