A spaceship capable of high acceleration. (Read the full article)

"the torch ship would appear to be a photon rocket using something like an anti matter matter reaction. Such a craft would get anywhere in the solar system in days. im not sure how useful it would be for interstellar flight but mars would be as near as New York was to Southampton(england) in the fifies."
(astrocat 6/29/2006 2:44:20 AM )
"Heinlein's juvie "Farmer in the Sky" also used Torchships; they were described as using a total-conversion system of generating thrust. "
(John Pfeifer 8/1/2006 8:41:48 AM )
"Thrust, unfortunately, includes the mass that is used as fuel. An engine that sips fuel can't generate much thrust no matter how fast the exhaust gas is."
(Joe Noll 4/15/2010 5:39:43 PM )
"Heinlein's other torchship mentions include mentions of extreme heat generation, presumably torch ships are using matter conversion/anihilation to a degree and heating a working medium through absorbing resulting gamma radiation from positron annihilation. A mere pittance of liquid saran wrap or candle paraffin would suffice. "
(Frederick Le Murre 4/19/2010 9:18:43 AM )

More info on Torchship

Leave a comment:

Tediously, spammers have returned. So, send me your comments to bill at the site name (be sure to mention the page) and I'll post them. Thanks!




Current News Articles

Datagrid Model Generation Perfect For Eternal Cities Of Science Fiction
'... there was enough flexibility to allow for wide variation.

Kazahk Ironist Protester Arrested For Blank Sign Protest
'...a man carried a white rectangular sign, blank on both sides.'

Bitcoin Surges Again, To $7,000
'... electronic, private cash, unbacked by any government, untraceable, completely anonymous.'

China Develops Taste Testing Robots
'Install taste buds in the end of one tentacle...'

North Sea Stone Age Reconstruction And Philip K Dick
'Your Dip digs back into antiquity. Rome. Greece. Dust and old volumes.'

Tesla Robotaxis Will Automatically Recharge Themselves
'Then it appeared to make up its mind, and trundled over to a wall socket...'

New Lifelike Material Powered By Artificial Metabolism
'... The biological robots were not living creatures.'

Husqvarna Automower 435X AWD
'Gramp Stevens sat in a lawn chair, watching the mower at work...'

Elon Musk Foretells Tesla Sans Steering Wheel
'How about the steering wheel... I don't need one.'

Adversarial Patches Trick Computer Vision
'The surveillance cameras can all see it, but then they forget they’ve seen it.'

Amazon Warehouse Computer Can Fire People Now
'The system has already fired five people...'

BrainEx Restores Some Activity To Severed Pig Head
'... they placed the brain in a special solution, having all the properties of Nursing the brain cells.'

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise | - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.