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A plumber’s guide to Starships – Part V – Pumps and compressors

18 Jan 2015, 23:50 UTC
A plumber’s guide to Starships – Part V – Pumps and compressors
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The Icarus starship will be powered by a glorious fusion drive pumping out tens of thousands of GigaWatts of power. This will serve as a handy power source for secondary electrical systems, such as injectors, implosion lasers or propellant ionisation systems, that will themselves require hundreds of GigaWatts of power for their operation. However, before the drive is turned on, and during the seventy year long coast period during which the drive is off, more modest third tier power systems, providing a few MegaWatts of power to heat the ship, charge capacitors or drive maneuvering thrusters, will also be needed. An independent, mid sized nuclear fission of fusion power source is therefore required for the starship.


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Secondary systems

The Icarus starship will be powered by a glorious fusion drive pumping out tens of thousands of GigaWatts of power. This will serve as a handy power source for secondary electrical systems, such as injectors, implosion lasers or propellant ionisation systems, that will themselves require hundreds of GigaWatts of power for their operation. However, before the drive is turned on, ...

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