From: jdnic...@panix.com (James Nicoll)
Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2005 20:04:41 +0000 (UTC)
Local: Sun, Mar 20 2005 3:04 pm
Subject: Re: A Moon base is too far; an asteroid ship better alternative:)
In article <Pine.LNX.4.44.0503181520210.26831-100...@uurth.com>,
Gene P. <alc...@uurth.com> wrote:I've been thinking about this ever since I noticed that Dyson
>I'm basically a skeptic of human nature though... I don't think there will
>The ability to focus a power beam at any distance is equivalent to a space
>Building big Photovolatic arrays *might* be allowed though... as long as
Swarms + Phased Arrays + short wavelength beams = the ability to
evaporate Earth mass worlds in about a week anywhere in the visible
galaxy and the nearer galaxies (limited by orbital predictions). On
the one hand, it explains the Fermi Paradox but I think in the short
run, AU range beams aren't quite the centralizing force they appear
Once the range is long enough, it gets hard to nail ships
Arrays are big and will have huge, targetable radiators. Other
Even with terawatt beams, it takes a surprisingly long time to
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