Ah yes, Jeffrey, but we can still DREAM! You ought to see my version of the 'Hydrogen Scoop' relativity/velocity starship. It's,... well, I'm not for divulging my stuff until it's copyrighted!JeffreyNYA":273d9p8j said:JasonChapman":273d9p8j said:Hello, I'm a new kid on the block. I very much like the look of this site, a busy forum.
So I'll dive right in.
I have often wondered, when we finally manage to start manned missions to the other planets in our solar system what our first interplanetary spaceship would look like. Given the size of our solar system would conventional rocket ships do the job? I have created this illustration of what we might design in the future.
I'm currently working on Santa Maria MKII Unlike the ship above the SM MKII will be capable of faster than light travel.
Think the main issue with your design like most others is that its to big, to complicated and far to expensive to be even worth it at this point. And until we have a manufacturing base and shipyard actually in space, then it will remain that way.
What is truly needed is many small cookie cutter pieces that you can stick together with an engine. Say 5 modules from Bigalow with an extra designed for high radiation periods. With something like this it would be possible to build a fleet of ships quickly. I am sure there are other parts of this. but if ways can be found to mass produce parts that can just be bolted together and can be flown on something other tahn a 1 billion dollar rocket, then we have a chance. Now if you want to start landing places, I think you need to do things like moons and asteroids to setup outpost to see what we really can do with them. Once we are able to produce fuel and parts in space we will be well on our way to setting up bases on planets. But we need to do the first things first.