Mesoparticle Beam Propulsion
By Forrest Bishop
Copyright (c) 1997 Forrest Bishop,
All Rights Reserved
Between the proposals for particle beam and pellet stream
spacecraft propulsion lies an immense, largely unexplored regime. Pushing
a spacecraft using a collimated beam of mesoscopic particles, very roughly
on the order of a nan ogram mass each (plus or minus several orders of
magnitude), presents new opportunities for high speed interplanetary manned
transportation. This kind of beam can be tailored in velocity, mass flow,
and beam profile parameters to fit the mission requireme nts. One example
of a mesoparticle accelerator is the author's "Starseed/Launcher"
accelerator. By ganging many thousands of these devices together, several
grams per second can be fired in a nearly continuous, collimated matter
beam, at speeds from a few meters per second, to a few percent of lightspeed.
The receiver onboard the spacecraft may be as simple as a pusher plate.
Several novel mesoparticle accelerator designs are presented.
Copyright ©1967-2004, Forrest Bishop, All Rights Reserved