18 Jan '10 01:37

So you have a field accelerator that you can use on a spacecraft that gives you the same efficiency at 100% of a car on a road. In space, to get say, 1 g of accel, you need like gigawatts because of the terrible efficiency rating of heating stuff to shove it out the rear end in a rocket.

So you have a magic anti-matter power supply generating 1 megawatt pretty much forever. So with that amount of power converted 100% into kinetic energy to accelerate a spacecraft, how heavy a spacecraft can it push with one G of acceleration?

So you have a magic anti-matter power supply generating 1 megawatt pretty much forever. So with that amount of power converted 100% into kinetic energy to accelerate a spacecraft, how heavy a spacecraft can it push with one G of acceleration?