Can We Build Space Ships to Surf a Sun’s Boundary Layer to Refuel and be On Their Way?
As a futurist, and the coordinator for a think tank which happens to operate online, we often go out of our way to find the latest and greatest new technological gadgets being produced. In fact, some people are news junkies, but I am a technology junkie through and through. Another hobby of mine, in the search of new innovative ideas to propel the future of mankind is to continually partake in science fiction. Okay so let’s talk about this for second shall we?
You see, yesterday’s science fiction is today’s realities, today’s technology if you will. In fact, DARPA recently sent out a tweet asking people which technologies in what science fiction movies would folks like to see come to fruition, as in what should they work on next. This might sound like a bold statement, but considering all the wins DARPA has had with their various challenges, they have brought forth incredible technologies, they know no bounds, and they aren’t afraid of the future, they are busy creating it.
Yes, that’s a rather bold way to play it, but I would submit to you that it is the right way to attack this problem. Now then, along with this science fiction venue, I think we should also add UFO conspiracy theories to it. We all know that most of the stuff we hear is bunk, but we need to imagine future propulsion systems, and perhaps we can create some of the technologies involved in some of these conspiracies. There was an interesting UFO Video posted to YouTube on June 19, 2012 titled; “Massive UFO Re-fueling at the SUN!”
Yes, another YouTube viral video. And yet, doesn’t that make sense? Wouldn’t it be great to build a spaceship which could skim the surface of the sun, collect unused hydrogen fuel, use some sort of heat exchanger, and use all of that energy it collected to travel the solar system, perhaps beyond? Interestingly enough, there have been science fiction stories that have had such concepts discussed. Did you know that we are sending probes, and a manned mission to an asteroid?
Did you know that asteroids have continuous out gases? Why couldn’t a probe or manned spaceship attach itself to an asteroid, hitch a ride for a while, collect all those out gases for fuel, and then when it got close to a new trajectory point, merely propel itself to its next intended location. Actually, nothing would stop us from using this concept, nor the concept that was discussed in the conspiracy theory UFO viral video on YouTube. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.