Richie Ramos (
Tue, 29 Aug 2000 05:31:12 GMT

>True, but this presumes that you're using electricity generated by the fusion

>reactor to generate the heat, not tapping the heat of the fusion reactor
>directly. I've always assumed a direct heat transfer, mainly because it was
>much more, well, direct.
>It's always been noted that the fusion reactor supplies electrical power for
>MS in addition to direct heat application to the propellant for the rockets,
>I don't recall seeing the mechanism for that every being laid out anywhere.
>there a steam turbine somewhere in there or is it a yet-to-be-invented array
>thermoelectric cells?

I was thinking of something more low tech: a heating coil within the blade,
the blade being made of either an alloy or a ceramic alloy which has a high
thermal point and is extremely durable. A high-strength crystalline lattice
coating on a base material that is stiff and extremely durable, perhaps? I
am not a materials expert, sorry. As for the power to the heating coil, I was
thinking of a direct link from the hand to the handle of the heat hawk, like
some sort of plug or something.

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