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1997\03\08@145401 by Scott Stephens

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If I had a small fusion reactor, that could fit in a car, I would be
planning a trip to one of Saturn's or Jupiter's moons or something.

I can't help but think that some collection of common stuff could work for
fusion, like dry twigs & friction start fires or some wires, plates, glass &
chemicals can remotely transmit pictures & sounds.

Until then, we all can pay for NASA burocrasy's glutonous addiction to high
explosive propulsion that barely gets us out of the atmosphere at $10,000/lb.

1997\03\08@150021 by Mike

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At 02:54 PM 8/03/97 -0500, you wrote:
>If I had a small fusion reactor, that could fit in a car, I would be
>planning a trip to one of Saturn's or Jupiter's moons or something.

Would you use a synthetic oil - like Mobil 1 since it would have to
handle low temperatures ?

>I can't help but think that some collection of common stuff could work for
>fusion, like dry twigs & friction start fires or some wires, plates, glass &
>chemicals can remotely transmit pictures & sounds.

Perhaps someone could measure the weight loss of thos twigs and do a quick
E=mc^2 calculation so we don't run out of firewood converting it all to
energy too fast !

>Until then, we all can pay for NASA burocrasy's glutonous addiction to high
>explosive propulsion that barely gets us out of the atmosphere at $10,000/lb.

Yah got me on that one - link the price of launch to the pay packet of the
Directors of Morton Thiokol !

Rgds

Mike

Some say there is no magic but, all things begin with thought then it becomes
academic, then some poor slob works out a practical way to implement all that
theory, this is called Engineering - for most people another form of magic.
                                                                      Massen

1997\03\08@174745 by Andy Kunz

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>Would you use a synthetic oil - like Mobil 1 since it would have to
>handle low temperatures ?

AMSOIL's better than Mobil, Exxon, and Castrol synthetics.

>Perhaps someone could measure the weight loss of thos twigs and do a quick
>E=mc^2 calculation so we don't run out of firewood converting it all to
>energy too fast !

A true story:

New Jersey, prior to WWI and WWII, was a great green place.  They needed
charcoal to help generate steel for the wars, so guess what - they cut down
all the trees in the state and used them to make charcoal.  Very few trees
in this state are > 75 years old, believe it or not.  Those that are tend
to be in the more metropolitan areas, where it wasn't economically feasible
to harvest them.

So, there is some reason for concern here.  (I have a similar story about
the trees in Germany during WWII, as related by my mother [who was German
back then]).

>Yah got me on that one - link the price of launch to the pay packet of the
>Directors of Morton Thiokol !

My grandfather used to work for them, prior to that it was Rocketdyne and
Reaction Motors.

Andy

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