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ANU provides foreign deathtek groups with Revolutionary Thrusting

By johnboy - 22 April 2009 15

The ANU have proudly announced that their Space Plasma Power and Propulsion group have sold a plasma thruster design to EADS-Astrium for use in a satellite.

    “EADS-Astrium has decided to fund the University of Surrey to produce a prototype Helicon Double layer thruster suitable for space use. For this to occur the University of Surrey requires the expertise of the SP3 group here at ANU,” said Dr Charles. “It is our thruster which will show that this type of propulsion system is suitable for space use and space missions that EADS-Astrium will fund.”

The importance of these thrusters is that they can fire their fuel out the back end faster, which means they can get more acceleration (or Delta V if you prefer) for the same weight of fuel.

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ANU provides foreign deathtek groups with Revolutionary Thrusting
MWest 3:25 pm 23 Apr 09

For those who missed the HDLT on the front page of today’s Canberra Times http://covers.ruralpress.com/frontpages/2/17958.pdf

johnboy 12:05 pm 23 Apr 09

Well seeing as this is being deployed as a satellite engine we can only assume that it’s going to be quite good at extending the life of a satellite of similar mass (ie the fuel for making orbital corrections will last longer).

Some satellites have no military use, others do.

But as mentioned I’m making no judgment on this use of the satellite, merely noting the business of EADS.

Blingerific 10:00 am 23 Apr 09

Ah, yes, someone needs to rearrange their coathangers and maybe change the brand of alfoil they use for their skull cap.

Ion thrusters are low impulse long duration engines. Their exhaust gas velocity is much, much higher than chemical rockets and the amount of fuel they consume is much lower. Thus over a long duration the spacecraft they power can reach a higher velocity. Their only real application is long duration space travel, they’re not even that good for reaction control thrusters on larger spacecraft. So you’re not going to see them powering anything you could call a weapon unless we’re sending the Army off to kill those nasty aliens you may think the government has been hiding from you…

PBO 8:43 am 23 Apr 09

bigfeet said :

Helicon Dougle Layer Plasma Thrusters are cool again? I just threw out three the other day. I was thinking of putting them on the footpath during Secondhand Sunday but I thought “Really, who would be interested?”

I did keep my Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket. You never know when that will come in handy

I had one of those but the wheel fell off.

fabforty 7:41 pm 22 Apr 09

…but where are the “tractor beams” ??

Davo111 7:38 pm 22 Apr 09

IMAAAAA CHARGINNN MA LAZZZZZZZZZEEEEERRRRRRRRR

BerraBoy68 6:43 pm 22 Apr 09

Thumper said :

If it were not for wars and the military we’d all still be back in the dark ages.

Sad, hey…

Agreed Thumper, agreed.

Thumper 6:29 pm 22 Apr 09

If it were not for wars and the military we’d all still be back in the dark ages.

Sad, hey…

BerraBoy68 6:23 pm 22 Apr 09

johnboy said :

No Berra boy,

I’m making no assumptions about the use at all, which may be completely peaceful.

I’m just noting that EADS is a bit more than just an “aerospace group”. Although I can’t think of any aerospace groups that aren’t actually merchants of death.

It’s not a problem for me, but let’s not kid ourselves about what it is they do.

Don’t misunderstand me JB, I agree many aerospace companies are heavily integrated in Defence work. In fact, I’ve worked with many Aerospace companies both here and O’seas and I’m straining to think of any such company that doesn’t in some way have military links. Even seemingly innocent players like QANTAS has QDS which is the Defence related arm of the business (mainly engine maintenance and the like). I know the technology in your OP will have military application one day (many new technologies seem to end up there at some point) but I’m hoping that EADS focus on its space application for the time being (although I frequently wonder why I bother hoping such things).

bigfeet 6:21 pm 22 Apr 09

Oh, “Double Layer”, not “Dougle Layer”. They have always been cool. My mistake.

bigfeet 6:14 pm 22 Apr 09

Helicon Dougle Layer Plasma Thrusters are cool again? I just threw out three the other day. I was thinking of putting them on the footpath during Secondhand Sunday but I thought “Really, who would be interested?”

I did keep my Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket. You never know when that will come in handy

johnboy 6:09 pm 22 Apr 09

No Berra boy,

I’m making no assumptions about the use at all, which may be completely peaceful.

I’m just noting that EADS is a bit more than just an “aerospace group”. Although I can’t think of any aerospace groups that aren’t actually merchants of death.

It’s not a problem for me, but let’s not kid ourselves about what it is they do.

BerraBoy68 6:07 pm 22 Apr 09

As someone that works in a ‘deathtek’ industry, it could also just be an aerospace and not defence thing at the moment JB. You’re linking the mention of EADS to the inevitability that such technology will eventually be given military application, which is a fair assumption. However, at this point it seems the technology will be applied to space exploration/travel for the foreseeable future.

johnboy 5:48 pm 22 Apr 09

weapons technology.

deye 5:45 pm 22 Apr 09

deathtek ?

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