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Old 11-28-2012, 04:05 PM
 
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NASA has conducted tests of a nuclear reactor intended to generate electricity in space for the first time since 1965, offering hope that humanity may now belatedly get serious about building proper, powerful spaceships of the sort long envisaged in science fiction.

The space agency has just announced the tests, conducted by engineers from NASA's Goddard centre in conjunction with Department of Energy boffins from the Los Alamos national lab. The effort made use of an experimental reactor named "Flattop" and was inauspiciously dubbed Demonstration Using Flattop Fissions (DUFF).
Real sci-fi space ships coming at last? NASA tests nuclear engine ? The Register
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Sounds more like a generator than an engine. I still like the casimer effect engine designed by an Indian girl.
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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What happend to VASMIR?
NASA and Popular Science were all giddy about a year or two ago?

Last edited by GTOlover; 11-29-2012 at 03:11 PM.. Reason: spelling
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:19 PM
 
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Sounds more like a generator than an engine. I still like the casimer effect engine designed by an Indian girl.
Link please. I can't find any references.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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My error - Egyptian, not Indian

Mustafa's Space Drive: An Egyptian Student's Quantum Physics Invention | Fast Company

The part I find spectacularly interesting is that it dispenses with the weight of fuel entirely, finding it in "empty" space and then redirecting it. Intercepting energy can be done numerous ways, but propulsion through any sort of equal opposite reaction is much more difficult.
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:16 AM
 
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I just wanna go to Mars.....
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