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Barrel September 15th, 2017 10:22 PM

Who needs Heplar or reactionless thrusters...
 
...with a magnetic sail?

https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/0...onference.html

Ulsyus September 24th, 2017 03:12 PM

It might have a bit of a way to go before it's effective, if every. I could see sporting enthusiasts in the RoM or the 3I enjoying this though. The kite surfing of the future in space?

sabredog November 4th, 2017 04:03 PM

Read Jack Vance's story, "Sail 25" for how much fun solar sails could be in a game. Really fun stuff.

Combine that sort of thing with racing like Ulsyus says and you have "the Duke's Cup at Regina. Won twice in a row by none other than 20-Century racing champion Larry Ellison, recently thawed out from his cryosleep capsule just 5 years ago, and in fine form with his solar yacht, Orca X. Yes, folk's this looks like an exciting race even though the Vargr will not be allowed to participate after last season's unpleasant episode of small-scale piracy..."


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