September 16th, 2007

lookin' good

New Thruster May Shorten Mars Trip -- found courtesy of mtn_hermit

An amplified photon thruster that could potentially shorten the trip to Mars from six months to a week has reportedly attracted the attention of aerospace agencies and contractors..."PLT has immense potential for the aerospace industry. For example, PLT-powered spacecraft could transit the 100 million km to Mars in less than a week.

I don't just like this technology for the fact that it uses my initials, it's also part of a drum-beat of space breakthroughs--technical and socio-political--that give me hope that humankind can someday expand off this rock. If we keep using it up like we have been, we're going to need to, sooner rather than later.

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