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Marlin:
There was a proposed rocket that would have been powered by dueterium and Helium-3 pellets injected into a nozzle at a rate of 250 per second and detonated by an electon beam. This rocket was expected to reach 1/8th the speed of light.

Name the rocket and proposed mission.

thenuttyneutron:
Never heard of this rocket.  It would have had to fuel up on the Moon because that is the only place nearby that has large deposits of He-3.  That stuff is very scarce on earth and can go for about $6,000/ gram.

Austria:
Would that have been Project Daedalus?
It was a project in the 70's by the British Interplanetary society and I believe their initial goal was to target Barnard's Star about 6 light years from here because evidence of the time indicated the possibility of a planet in orbit.

Marlin:

--- Quote from: Austria on Mar 02, 2007, 05:16 ---Would that have been Project Daedalus?
It was a project in the 70's by the British Interplanetary society and I believe their initial goal was to target Barnard's Star about 6 light years from here because evidence of the time indicated the possibility of a planet in orbit.

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That's it.  :)  http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=655#more-655

Trinian23:
What about Project Orion in the 60's?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Orion_%28nuclear_propulsion%29

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