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Answers for Authors: Are there any realistic stardrive ideas?

11 Mar 2020, 00:26 UTC
Answers for Authors: Are there any realistic stardrive ideas?
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Learn the ins and outs of pseudoscience, and debunking it: Read 'Escaping The Rabbit Hole' here.Want to support the future science and engineering? You can do so through one of these charities:Skeptoid mediaThe Association for Science EducationThe Smallpiece TrustSATROArkwright Engineering ScholarshipsLabAidThe Space FoundationI just like this picture.Interstellar travel is a sci-fi staple, but writing about it in a realistic way always hits the same problem: The distances involved, and speeds required, are mind numbing. Worse is the universal speed limit - lightspeed - which seems to dictate that interstellar journeys must take years or decades. Overcoming that isn't just a question of better power sources and engine design: As you approach lightspeed all sorts of weirdness breaks loose to slow an object down, and time itself slows, then virtually stops. Time running incredibly slowly prevents any engine or power source from operating (this is a huge oversimplification, but for a better explanation you'll have to follow the link), so on the face of it lightspeed can never be reached.If you didn't follow the link, here's the video explanation. Even so, for a writer looking for a touch of realism there are resources to draw upon: There have been a lot ...

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