Permanent Human Settlement of the Earth, Space and Ocean Frontiers

Thursday, June 08, 2006

More Space Radiation Insight

Here is an email from a QuantumLimit reader regarding space radiation I thought was an in important addition to the discussion:
This link represents another solution to shielding space radiation with miniature magnetospheres without the high voltages or metal spheres, it is also a propulsion system the shielding is a bonus. If one did use the high voltage, a Faraday cage would be used to shield the occupants.
In this link, Nuclear rockets would be able to carry a lot of shielding.

Keith P. Barnes

Northfield, Minnesota

Author's Note: The Faraday Cage idea never even occured to me! It is a good one and one would hope it is being investigated to deflect the high energy electromagnetic fields from the human occupants. I actually used this idea in another application in my forthhcoming book, ABYSS OF SPACE, due out late 2006.