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Got this idea many years agon when i read a piece about hydromagneticdrives (shippropulsion without a propeller).
It would work like this, you have a hydrogenoxygen engine (not very big though).
You also ad a nuclear reactor (for wast amounts of electric power).
first step is that you fire up the
chemicalengine.(guess you all know how a hydrogenoxygenrocketengine works).
Instead to let the exhaust work trough a nozzle, you let the ingintionchamber work up the pressure through a long tube.
The tube are in fact a ionengine that works with ionized watermolecules.
Around the tube you have a coil for the acceleratorfield.
This engine will be very small compared to ordinary hydrogenoxygenengines.
But in this engine you combine chemical and electric thrust.
I havent a clue if this would work...or how much better or worse it will be compared to a ordinary ionengine.
But one thing i know...watermolecules can be accelerated by electricalforce.
||The amount of extra energy provided by the combustion is PATHETIC compared to the energy for exelerating the ions.
||the point is that such a hybridengine could give you the advantage to make shorter high G accelerations when needed.
the other point is that running on water, makes it possible to fill it upp again almost everywhere in the solarsystem.
||This sure is hard to read. Of the merits of the idea, I know nothing.
||lol..eh ok sorry about the "space button" . Im not so good at english;)
||ok...i guess calling it a ionthruster/engine was somewhat wrong of me...
The engine work more like a plasma engine...i guess.
and i forgot to meantion that from the tubes start to the exhaust you also will have a electric arc.
and that about the pressure...and heat. that means that the chemical process give the molecules a hig energy and speed even before the plasma accelerator kicks in..and diagrams?? hmm didnt i mentioned this was a old basic idea i had?;)
summa sumarum: the thrust media will benefit from both chemical and nuclear power.
and as i said before..water are somewhat common in universe (thought it can be hided away).
and hey...now days im more into ground/skybased massdrivers because they are more economical in the long run. hmm maybde i should rename this idea to: the waterdrive hehehe
||I yam @ a loss for words!
||I don't know if this will work, but I know
what I like! Full steam ahead, Scottie!