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Boostbeam proposal
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Agreed re the unphysical bit about the Death Star. I suspect the graphic is employing some artistic license re the laser beam. In a real system, I would suggest that the laser would consist of some kind of phased array - so a laser emitter as a disk with lots of lasing elements along its surface.

Re the smart pellets used by OA beamrides - G. David Nordley - who came up with our general style of beamrider - has a fairly detailed description of the smart dust in the article I have, including a very nice graphic. They are relatively straightforward devices, although they would almost certainly require middling advanced nanotech to manufacture complex (but tiny) devices in vast amounts. I've been toying with an update of the beamrider network article for some time to make it more our own (it currently owes a lot to the novel Permanence by Karl Schroeder, which originally inspired the addition of the BN to the setting). As part of that, I could include a more detailed description of how the smart dust works.

Re a laser/particle beam hybrid making a dandy weapon - agreed.

Re the makeup of the particle beam - I haven't read all the posted links yet, but it appears that they are talking in terms of some form of neutral particle beam, so what you describe sounds possible.

My 2c worth,

Todd
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Boostbeam proposal - by selden - 05-03-2018, 06:25 AM
RE: Boostbeam proposal - by stevebowers - 05-03-2018, 10:00 AM
RE: Boostbeam proposal - by stevebowers - 05-03-2018, 10:07 AM
RE: Boostbeam proposal - by stevebowers - 05-03-2018, 10:14 AM
RE: Boostbeam proposal - by stevebowers - 05-03-2018, 10:18 AM
RE: Boostbeam proposal - by iancampbell - 05-03-2018, 10:21 AM
RE: Boostbeam proposal - by Drashner1 - 05-03-2018, 11:12 AM

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