Geekend Update: Fusion Rockets, Hexapod, and Almost Earths

Fusion Rockets, Hexapod, and Almost Earths

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An orbit time of 267 days?
Is that in Earth days or Kepler-62f days?
How long is a day on Kepler-62f compared to a day on Earth anyway?

Who is this "Evil Smurf" kid? He sounds cool.

I'd like a battle mech, can I buy one?

Is it me or does the Hexapod look like a shuttle from Star Trek:TNG with legs?

I want the fusion rocket to be completed after the Mars One has already set off. They arrive at mars to find people already there saying "What took you?"

And robots are always awesome. Come some future robot war, I can only hope to be converted.

The fusion rocket sounds like a perfect example of the old saying: "People who say something is impossible usually get passed by others who are already doing it." Something like that.

I can appreciate the cool factor with the Mantis, but it's slightly disappointing knowing that a better hexapod has existed for at least ten years now. It's made by a John Deere subsidiary called Plustech Oy, a company in Finland. I think I remember seeing it on an old show like Beyond 2000 or something. It was designed to walk into forests while causing minimal damage and can cut down trees, strip their branches, then cut the logs into sections.

Thankfully, the musical score is only marginally embarrassing, however similar it may be to Axel Foley's theme from Beverly Hills Cop.

Still, I view the Mantis as another step towards real-life Tachikomas, which is a good thing. I'll have to settle on getting an Attacknid for now.

Until the mantis is upto the level of wild wild west, what was he planning on doing with that thing in the film ,but until the mantis is large enough for me to do whatever the film was about, im not buying one.

Well, they certainly modeled the speed of the Hexapod on that to an AT-AT. Not to mention that certainly looked like a helmet an Imperial would wear. No worries though, with that many legs on the Hexapod it''ll be all the easier to trip it up with a snow speeder and a harpoon cable.

Ashley Esqueda:
Fusion Rockets, Hexapod, and Almost Earths

Your weekly look at the most interesting science stories in the ever-expanding universe.

For more on the stories this week, you can read about Fusion Rockets, Hexapod, and Almost Earths.

To submit your favorite science stories or intro suggestions, send us an email here: GeekendUpdate@escapistmag.com

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Random question WRT the fusion rocket on the off chance you know: Is it another attempt at a Project Orion engine?

And if so, how'd they get around the ban on nuclear ordinance that stopped that project?

Agayek:

Ashley Esqueda:
Fusion Rockets, Hexapod, and Almost Earths

Your weekly look at the most interesting science stories in the ever-expanding universe.

For more on the stories this week, you can read about Fusion Rockets, Hexapod, and Almost Earths.

To submit your favorite science stories or intro suggestions, send us an email here: GeekendUpdate@escapistmag.com

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Random question WRT the fusion rocket on the off chance you know: Is it another attempt at a Project Orion engine?

And if so, how'd they get around the ban on nuclear ordinance that stopped that project?

well this project uses magnet fields to compress so you get nuclear fusion briefly rather than acually taking nuclear ordinance into space. theoretically the technology should work now

Evil Smurf:
Who is this "Evil Smurf" kid? He sounds cool.

I hear he is this guy who really likes cats, but can't have one. :( So sad.

Hey! :D He should get a robot cat!

I've always wondered how humans would start developing on planets with more mass than earth like kepler 62f. Assuming our bones didn't start cracking a couple weeks after we got there they'd basically be super humans after a couple generations.

Digging the show, but I still don't get the need for the story transition sequences. I actually started skipping them.

Why did they call the spider-looking robot a mantis? That's not what a mantis looks like. It looks like a spider. Do people just dislike spiders more?

kailus13:
I want the fusion rocket to be completed after the Mars One has already set off. They arrive at mars to find people already there saying "What took you?"

And robots are always awesome. Come some future robot war, I can only hope to be converted.

This is exactly what I thought of immediately when I heard about this. Maybe theres a way the new rocket can give them a piggy-back ride halfway?

Imp Emissary:

Evil Smurf:
Who is this "Evil Smurf" kid? He sounds cool.

I hear he is this guy who really likes cats, but can't have one. :( So sad.

Hey! :D He should get a robot cat!

I think he'd like that.

We're pronouncing AT-AT how now? I never knew...

wait wait, "fusion" rocket? Sense when could we do fusion? Last I heard we couldn't do fusion in a power plant much less a rocket. unless I've been behind on fusion related technological advances. I mean if we can reliably do fusion in a rocket why don't we have fusion power plants?

Did someone say Hexapods?

linforcer:
We're pronouncing AT-AT how now? I never knew...

I've heard it both ways -- I actually think I did two takes of that with both "at-at" and "A-T-A-T" in there.

/shrug

dmase:
I've always wondered how humans would start developing on planets with more mass than earth like kepler 62f. Assuming our bones didn't start cracking a couple weeks after we got there they'd basically be super humans after a couple generations.

I _believe_ I read that the reason researchers were specifically excited about these particular exoplanets was that they were so close in size to our own Earth that it might be possible to adjust if we ever gained the ability to reach their surfaces. Usually, they're so much larger than our own Earth that living on the surface would certainly crush our delicate little bodies.

Ashley Esqueda:

dmase:
I've always wondered how humans would start developing on planets with more mass than earth like kepler 62f. Assuming our bones didn't start cracking a couple weeks after we got there they'd basically be super humans after a couple generations.

I _believe_ I read that the reason researchers were specifically excited about these particular exoplanets was that they were so close in size to our own Earth that it might be possible to adjust if we ever gained the ability to reach their surfaces. Usually, they're so much larger than our own Earth that living on the surface would certainly crush our delicate little bodies.

Exciting, perhaps. But we'd need approximately 4600 years to reach them. And that's at 300 times the speed of light already.

At the speed of light, we'd need 1 388 373,2 years to reach it. That said, the versions of the planets that we can see at the moment are the ones that are from before over a million years, so there's a chance that there is already life inhabiting them.

Eric the Orange:
wait wait, "fusion" rocket? Sense when could we do fusion? Last I heard we couldn't do fusion in a power plant much less a rocket. unless I've been behind on fusion related technological advances. I mean if we can reliably do fusion in a rocket why don't we have fusion power plants?

Because funding for fusion power plants doesn't get cleared most of the time. There are security concerns there, as well as rediation contamination concerns since most of the planned reactors use a mixture of Deuterium and Tritium (which is radioactive). It'll also take some more years of research into the technology until it is actually ready for widespread deployment in power plants. But since in space you don't have all that many health and safety concerns, and you basically just need to secure a more or less constant stream of particles to move the rocket forward, not actually gain electricity from the whole business.

 

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