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by kurt9
Fri Dec 05, 2014 5:48 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Firefly News
Replies: 21
Views: 8767

Re: Firefly News

Firefly has an interesting design. The cooling system is critical. The hurtle that has kept aerospikes from bring used in the materials issue with the plug getting too hot. If they can keep this cool and the self-pressurization (delivery of the fuel to the engine as the tank empties) works out, I th...
by kurt9
Wed Nov 26, 2014 4:31 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2668
Views: 763468

Re: Mach Effect progress

I've known Charles Platt for over 20 years through the cryonics and life extension milieu. His article, as to be expected, is quite good. He is a good person to have interested in Woodward's Mach effect work as he is quite sympathetic for technological developments that improve life and create oppor...
by kurt9
Sun Nov 23, 2014 7:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Google Engineers Say Renewable Energy ‘Simply won’t work’
Replies: 57
Views: 6756

Re: Google Engineers Say Renewable Energy ‘Simply won’t work

I raise a large portion of my vegetables, have a hydroponic garden, and use solar. Why you may ask? It is because this will be the wave of the future. The more self-reliant you are the better off you will be. Why? Because those that control the food and control the power will eventually be controll...
by kurt9
Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: "High Frontier" space settlement video game
Replies: 31
Views: 5604

Re: "High Frontier" space settlement video game

A sustainable 1 gee acceleration drive allows for the ship to life off the surface of the Earth and to get to the Kuiper Belt in about 3 weeks travel time. No need for separate Earth to LEO launch vehicle and then transfer to interplanetary ship for deep space travel. It would be like the only 1940'...
by kurt9
Fri Oct 31, 2014 5:39 pm
Forum: News
Topic: 16th US-Japan Workshop on IEC Fusion
Replies: 13
Views: 8333

Re: 16th US-Japan Workshop on IEC Fusion

This meeting is now over. With the renaming and apparently closed venue, the topics and ideas have not been shared as in previous years. One wonders why... https://fti.neep.wisc.edu/iec2014 Dan Tibbets This is the standard pattern of how Japanese consortium are run. Several competitors get together...
by kurt9
Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:10 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2668
Views: 763468

Re: Mach Effect progress

Our material has not been fully characterized yet, but it appears to have more than 200*K thermal bandwidth.
What material is that?
by kurt9
Fri Aug 22, 2014 3:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: Decadence Is Not A Cause - It Is An Effect
Replies: 39
Views: 6711

Re: Decadence Is Not A Cause - It Is An Effect

Now if we can get the M-E thrusters working properly and open up a truly golden age of human spaceflight, Polywell rockets would give at least 70% of that effect and it is a surer technology. I doubt that. Remember, we've had the science down for decades how to build fission rockets and that has no...
by kurt9
Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Decadence Is Not A Cause - It Is An Effect
Replies: 39
Views: 6711

Re: Decadence Is Not A Cause - It Is An Effect

I agree that functional societies have pioneering values and that a frontier is necessary to realize such. Since the whole Earth is now settled, we need to open up the space frontier to make this happen. Frederick Jackson Turner and Robert Heinlein have written extensively about the need for a front...
by kurt9
Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: Decadence Is Not A Cause - It Is An Effect
Replies: 39
Views: 6711

Re: Decadence Is Not A Cause - It Is An Effect

Again I ask, how is our current society "decadent"? This is an excellent question and one to which I doubt there is a simple nor easy answer. When I think of decadence I'm reminded of ancient Rome, which had grown so wealthy and lax from the Pax Romana that they turned to things like the gladiatori...
by kurt9
Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: Decadence Is Not A Cause - It Is An Effect
Replies: 39
Views: 6711

Re: Decadence Is Not A Cause - It Is An Effect

Again I ask, how is our current society "decadent"? This is an excellent question and one to which I doubt there is a simple nor easy answer. When I think of decadence I'm reminded of ancient Rome, which had grown so wealthy and lax from the Pax Romana that they turned to things like the gladiatori...
by kurt9
Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Decadence Is Not A Cause - It Is An Effect
Replies: 39
Views: 6711

Re: Decadence Is Not A Cause - It Is An Effect

Well-recognized metrics of social behavior - crime, teen pregnancy, and drug abuse - have significantly improved in the past 20 years. Work ethic seems to be a function of opportunity. Young people become slackers during economic downturns. They become entrepreneurs when the economy is good (the dot...
by kurt9
Sun Jun 29, 2014 4:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Moller's Skycar Is Coming
Replies: 24
Views: 15408

Re: Moller's Skycar Is Coming

Moller got in trouble with the SEC some years ago for claiming to prospective investigators that his "air car" was further along in development and ready to manufacturing when, in fact, it was not. There was an article about him in the Malaysian Straights Times that he was about to build a manufactu...
by kurt9
Sun Jun 22, 2014 6:52 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2668
Views: 763468

Re: Mach Effect progress

According to "GIThruster" (and I see no reason to doubt this), Sonny White got a null result on both of his interferometry experiments, despite dialing up the sensitivity several orders of magnitude beyond what was called for in his original paper. That Sonny talks of a "non-null" result (rather tha...
by kurt9
Sun Jun 22, 2014 1:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: Latest drug addict loons.
Replies: 678
Views: 132353

Re: Latest drug addict loons.

Perhaps the key factor in these killings is the fact that the perps were of far-left political ideology and not so much that they smoked pot. Of course the skank-stream media tried to pin this on "far right" extremists. ALL of the recent political violence in the past 10 years has been caused by far...
by kurt9
Sat Jun 21, 2014 8:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Latest drug addict loons.
Replies: 678
Views: 132353

Re: Latest drug addict loons.

So let me get this straight. Say I'm someone who has always minded my own business and has never caused anyone any harm. But to answer your question, it is a loaded question. All of classical theism--including Judaism, Christianity and Islam--all teach in all their authentic forms, that all people ...