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[–] valk2 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

Another white male at it again...tsk tsk.

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[–] ToTheMoonAlice 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Another white male mansplaining. Disgusting.

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[–] Whitworth 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

We need someone to rummage through his closet to see if he owns any sexist t-shirts so we can discredit him and destroy all of his research.

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[–] SamTarly 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

(((Paddy Neumann)))

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[–] blipblipbeep [S] 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

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[–] lemon11 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Frustrating that it treats ion drives as if this is an implementation of a heretofore unrealized thing, undercutting the advances this drive accomplishes.

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[–] blipblipbeep [S] 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

I'd agree totally if the 'Neumann Drive' didn't have the potential to become the next 'Mr Ion' drive, as it can use multiple types of fuel to create thrust.

peace...

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[–] nothingproud 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

This is amazing news, hopefully this should see a much bigger budget for further research into high energy radiation protection for human space faring vessels, as this to me still seems to be one of our biggest obstacles to achieving true interstellar travel.

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[–] giantthrobbingcock 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

This is kinda neat. The problem is, like ion drives, the thrust is going to be crazy low. Sure, we're getting an isp of 11,200 (my dick is diamonds) but the energy requirements to get any significant thrust, even into the single digit newtons, is going to be beyond anything we have available.

Like the early steam engines, there were a huge amount of engine designs created, but it wasn't until boiler technology caught up did we start to see successful applications.

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[–] blipblipbeep [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Like the early steam engines, there were a huge amount of engine designs created, but it wasn't until boiler technology caught up did we start to see successful applications.

As you pointed out its all just giving it a go until someone gets it right.

Also, it helps to understand that without some of the earlier advances in steam technology it may have been a lot harder or even inconceivable to build the first functioning boiler. After all, how does one design something effectively, without a good understanding of why it is needed to do the job it is being designed for.

I'd call that a startup product, art or just plain old junk. With that said though, all those things carry the potential to be re-purposed for things that were at the time, outside of the scope/understanding of the person who originally designed and built that thing.

All the best,

peace...

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[–] B3bomber 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

And people think it's soooo eaaasyyyy to invent something. We use the final product and however simple it is, it went through many revisions and steps of shit that did not work.

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[–] PhilaFerret 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Science fiction stopped being fiction when I got my Star-Tac phone

E: *Communicator

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[–] knightwarrior41 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

i cant wait for this to make a trip to vega lol

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[–] blipblipbeep [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Don't hold your breath mate ;)

peace...

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[–] MasivGam3 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

"the air molecules"

I wonder what that is.

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[–] blipblipbeep [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

"the air molecules"

What you have there is a miss quote mate.

“With our system, we use similar physics but in a different environment. We have our cathode and anode, the negative and the positive part of the plasma discharge, but we don’t have an atmosphere”, no air molecules to rip apart.

I think Paddy Neumann was referring to the fact that the Neumann drive runs on solid fuels, where as a gridded Ion thruster and hall effect thruster both rely on gaseous fuels.

Better luck next time mate ;)

peace...

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[–] MasivGam3 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Can you tell me what the air molecule consists of?

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