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Solar Spacecraft Ion Propulsion Power Supply

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Wale Bakare
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Re: 1 question ?
Wale Bakare   2/27/2014 10:15:01 AM
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For an instance, one area UK government is really doing well. Trying to encourage householders as well and electric car users with Solar in particular. I think others should follow in that direction too - providing assistance like cash incentive. 

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Hospice_Houngbo   2/27/2014 8:53:03 AM
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@Wale: The main problem with many alternative energy sources is that they are not cost effective and they mostly need huge incentives from the government to be produced.

Wale Bakare
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Wale Bakare   2/27/2014 6:37:52 AM
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>>If it can be used on earth, can it be produced in large quantities to power our household devices?<<

The concern over that is just cost. Many are running away from using such a source for generating electricity simply because of cost implication.

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anandvy   2/26/2014 12:24:02 PM
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The ion propulsion method used in spacecrafts has a very good overhead. Given that it takes little power from physical sources (takes entirely from solar energy), it can be used in different fields on earth.

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Hospice_Houngbo   2/26/2014 8:01:35 AM
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Can Ion propulsion energy be used as a reliable renewal source of energy? If it can be used on earth, can it be produced in large quantities to power our household devices?

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script78man   2/23/2014 9:16:28 PM

@Nemos----Ion propulsion can be used on Earth. A normal rocket force has a huge mass times low acceleration. An Ion propulsion rocket engine has Force equal to a tiny mass times huge acceleration. On Earth, we can speed up or accelerate the small mass to produce enough force.

 

So Ion propulsion forces tiny amounts of matter out the back of the engine at very high speed, where a conventional rocket engine sends out a huge amount of matter at slower speed.

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Nemos   2/23/2014 6:30:55 PM
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I would like to ask (if I fully understand the article) if this "new" way of boosting can be used in veichles on earth?

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Eldredge   2/23/2014 5:09:56 PM
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@script78man - Glad you were there to protect our national interests! How else would we find out about these acts of heroism?

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script78man   2/23/2014 3:11:55 PM
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Ha--yes Hailey, for sure----another item checked off!

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Heartwarming tale
HaileyMcK   2/23/2014 3:04:38 PM
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It sounds like a boon both for the industry and your bucket list!



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