February 27, 2010
Around the inner solar system in 80 days
Franklin Chang-Diaz claims his Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) can dramatically shorten journey times to Mars.
Fortunately, I am certain the Chinese or the Indians will take him up on the idea.
It would send a shuttle hurtling towards the moon or Mars at ever-faster speeds up to an estimated
55 kilometres a second until the engines were reversed.
Dr Chang-Diaz, a veteran of seven shuttle missions, said the rapid acceleration could allow for trips of just 39 days instead of the anticipated round-trip voyage to Mars of three years, including a forced stay of 18 months.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 27, 2010 07:27 AM
If you haven't done so, check out:
I can never remember where I get these links, I might have got it from a post here. In any event, if you are inclined towards science fiction, this website will absorb two days of your time.
I personally like the Nuclear Salt Water Rocket. The heavens could be ours!