Ex-News Junkie
No warp drive, no wormholes, no faster-than-light trickery
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:37pm
2001:1970:5c22:6100:40f0:6046:924c:521a

Realizing that one cannot circumvent the laws of physics, the Interstellar TimeShip concept achieves interstellar travel within a human lifetime without violating any laws of physics (that I know of), and without using any more propellant than would be required to reach the outer planets of our solar system, i.e. escape velocity. For example, a slingshot around Jupiter might be sufficient for an interstellar trajectory.

It also removes the requirement for linear relativistic velocity and instead achieves relativistic time dilation in a manner that can utilize mechanically stored rotational energy - energy that can be acquired & stored before departing the solar system, and recovered efficiently upon arrival at the destination star system in a manner analogous to 'regenerative braking'.

The Interstellar TimeShip reduces the problems inherent to interstellar travel to just one significant technological barrier: balancing centrifugal force with diamagnetic force. So far, diamagnetic levitation that balances the force of gravity has been demonstrated with living things such as plants, crickets, frogs and mice. There is no reason why it cannot be done with humans.

Diamagnetic levitation has not been attempted inside a centrifuge (yet!), and therefore it is unknown how many gees might be survivable to diamagnetically-levitated animals. Balancing the trillions of gees of a relativistic centrifuge might be far off in the future, but small steps might eventually get us there.

Youtube - Dutch scientists levitate frog & cricket in magnetic field


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