On 2003-02-09 10:13, darkhunter wrote:
Best of both worlds: Use the sail to brake and for initial acceleration away, and when the push of the sunlight falls off, furl the sail and use the ion drive for interstellar thrust and manuvering. Use a small magnetic scoop (like a Bussard ramjet without the fusion) to gather more fuel.
Instead of trying to fuse it, just condense it into a usable form for the ion drive...
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