ScorchedNX2K wrote:I read about ion propulsion like...must have been 10 years ago now.
I have a better idea...one that can be accomplished with current technology (Though politically impossible)
Riding the blast wave of a nuclear explosion to speeds of up to .1 c
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I think this was originally proposed by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle in their Science-Fiction book "Footfall", but I don't remember for sure now.
The problem is the radiation is a bit stronger than you might want.