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See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14405122 - seems that antimatter circles the Earth in the van ALlen belts. Could be used as fuel. Would love to see a study of the engineering for that.


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PeterScott wrote:
See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14405122 - seems that antimatter circles the Earth in the van ALlen belts. Could be used as fuel. Would love to see a study of the engineering for that.
One exists. I probably should have read it, but I haven't. Allow me to rummage...

...here it is: http://www.centauri-dreams.org/wp-conte ... ase_II.pdf

I also found this:
http://www.niac.usra.edu/files/studies/ ... ackson.pdf

One doesn't need to go all the way to the Van Allen Belt. Antiprotons can be had right here in Illinois. But next month, when the Tevatron is shut down forever, Fermilab's antiproton factory (lacking a customer) will also be shut down. Kiss a ten-picograms-per-day source goodbye.

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