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Old December 16 2012, 04:59 AM   #11
Ian Keldon
Fleet Captain
Re: Bussard Collectors could actually be useful at warp speed?

Santaman wrote: View Post
^^ Fusion reactor that first of all powers the driver coil assembly and then exhausts the hot reactant matter, its a baby warp drive, there's no other way to have it accelerate a star ship that fast with such little amounts of fuel, the exhaust itself doesn't do much at all else Ent-E would blow the nacelles from their pylons everytime they use the impulse engines.
I wouldn't call it a "baby warp drive" as it doesn't actually propel the ship FTL. It uses a specially tuned warp field to "compress" the plasma exhaust to provide higher thrust than it ordinarily would.

Otherwise it's pretty much a standard fusion engine.
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