- File Size: 2308 KB
- Print Length: 104 pages
- Publisher: Phillip Duke B.S. Ph.D.; 2 edition (November 16, 2014)
- Publication Date: November 16, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00PQ00504
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,511,188 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Interstellar Space Flight Is Not So Difficult: Time Dilation Makes Interstellar Space Flight Possible. Kindle Edition
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Like any good thesis Duke has references and good reasons to stop the squabbling on our current Old Earth and direct our resources to Interstellar exploration. And we can do this today if we have sufficient focus. This is indeed a book that imparts Earth's space programs should be accelerating not the reverse. If any reader from high school to undergraduate wants justification to become an astronaut, Phil Duke's words will so inspire. After my reading I wanted to enroll in space travel but I'm probably too old at 73 - or am I.
Peter Glassman MD, PhD author of THE DRUID STONE
However the first thing I noticed is that the author claimed Einstein won his Nobel Prize for his theories of Relativity, which isn't the case. He won it for his discovery of the laws of the photoelectric effect. I would have expected someone who admires Albert Einstein to know that.
But the main problem with book is the claim that very few people realize the atomic energy and relativity make star travel possible with today's technology which is false. The author proposes converting a submarine reactor into nuclear thermal rocket. He doesn't mention that a that thermal rocket has already been built and tested. (Google NERVA). He also doesn't mention the far more efficent nuclear pulse rocket, a version called Orion was designed by another great physicist, Freeman Dyson, who was at Princeton at the same time as Einstein. Now a Orion could be built with today's technology and is barely able get to Alpha Centauri. Dyson calculated that it could reach 3.3% of the speed of light and arrive in 133 years at a cost $367 billion.
The author doesn't seem to understand increased need for fuel an propellant that is caused by the increase in mass on the spaceship due to speed or where that mass comes from.
I suggest that anyone who wants to know what it really takes to do interstellar travel google "Project Orion", "Project Daedalus", "Project Icarus" and "100 Year Starship".
So title is wrong, even with atomic energy and Relativity, interstellar space flight is difficult.
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