Hello, sounds really interesting. I dusted off my account, which I had never used for this one. Lot of freedom with it, I think any kind of technology is going to be acceptable on this.
Seems to me that a simple answer is required to be able to pull this one off, but for it to be effective it needs to take into consideration that the universe is freakin' big. The first thing that struck my brain was an energy barrier powered by a direct feed into the sun or something, but that wouldn't be enough power to generate a glowing energy shield around the universe. I don't think it would make a great picture either.
it says solar system..
thats a bit smaller than the universe..
can you say solar system?
Anyway, this sounds kool, i prefer this to cow since i'm more into tech stuff and sci fi.
Direct energy feed from the sun is a good idea for someone who can't read
theres no way it could be something that could cover the whole solar system, just not that many resources, and prob would be cost-inefficient unless there was a huge threat that was powerful enough to take out a solar system, taking that into mind that the tech level would have to be pretty high for both species, both would need a massive power supply.
oops, just read its only for meteors, well i'll leave that one there since it took some time to write. Well you could put a massive steel wall to float around with rockets to guild it in the way of flying icy balls!
ha, I was thinking of something that could maniplulate the sun and use it for a defense, use its energy to break up the threat, but i don't know if having something powerful enough would cause major side effects, unstability, possible collapse, black holes, loss of energy.
Or i was thinking something like halo, i thought of it before halo came to mind so i didn't take the idea straight from it. could be a massive ring or sphere capable of linking up and creating a sheild for a short time, maybe a few hours, but powerful enough to totally destroy meteors, the power supply would maybe come from artifical sources, maybe fusion reactions, nuke and so on, yet the tech would be alot more advanced so we would have great means of produncing power, and also use the suns energy with maybe mini solar power/converter rings.
just my ideas.. good luck too all!
How does something the size of a housecat save the solar system? Well, the I.D.M, or Immolating Duplicating Machine, is rather fond of big families. IDMs are the 'weapons' of a system of small very inexpensive satellites that are released to corners far and near within the solar system. They monitor, and they wait. Upon verification from Earth, a satellite launches an IDM at any threatening heavenly body. Upon touchdown, the IDM begins to fragment the meteor into tiny pieces which it vacuums into it's belly for processing. Then, it uses those raw materials to build a relatively exact duplicate of itself upon it's back _while_ it feeds. Like inkjet technology in 3D, it lays out the parts of the complex duplicate tiny dot by dot. Then, there are two. The reproductive process continues exponentially with each one turning the raw materials of the meteor into another eating machine. A handful quickly becomes an army. Almost any object can be eaten within a few days, and when all that is left is a congomerate of IDMs, they disperse into empty space.
I'll probably revise once I see problems come morning. The idea is based on the concept of a von Neumann, or self-replicating machine.
Thanks for looking,
Last edited by Craig Houghton; May 27th, 2005 at 08:46 AM.
In the hope of inspiring more people to post their, quote, "last-minute wips":
Well, I got something started, but I haven't gotten too far on it:
Just your basic big huge ship with a grappeling arm on front. More specifically, it hangs out in the outer edges of the solar system where it latches on to any threatening space rocks and uses its gigantic engines to redirect the asteroid into an orbit that doesn't involve the destruction of human civilization. It also doubles as a refuling sation for out-bound starships (hence the refuling white starship).
Well, I guess we still have two days. Maybe I'll get something finished in time.
Last edited by faxmaster; May 29th, 2005 at 05:00 PM.
4 solar taps collects energy from the sun which they use to power 9 100 tera watt masers set at the centre of each of them, the maser fire is concentrated into one beam which is then sent to an automated spliter system which divides the beam into separate beams of different power ratings which are them sent to the planetary defence grids around each of the solar system's planets. The taps require more than a quarter of their own energy output to remain in solar orbit and to work the cooling systems onboard.
bit of a half assed attempt did it in a couple of hours today, just seen the thread.
whew, managed to squeeze some thumbnails in during a month of E3 and moving to a new apartment.... but I wanted to participate, even in the slightest.
The concept barely comes across, I may finish it up later if I get a chance.. --- an interstellar gaggle of manufacturing stations drift in seemingly random orbits about our solar-system ---- fixed with large 'magnifying-lens' cells, they're able to focus multiple beams onto an asteroid 'painting' their targets to mathematical precision.
Small darts, no larger than your head, are shot out to intercept and plant themselves upon their target --- The station's magnifying-cells focus a concentrated beam of the sun's energy onto the darts. --- Inside the darts is a microcosm of algae and shrimp that grow at an outstanding rate producing excess gasses, causing the darts to 'balloon' up at aquard pressures.
The gasses come at a constant rate and are filtered towards tiny combustible chambers --- the 'darts' then use their new means of combustion to steer their target slowly off orbit around the solar-system.
Looking forward to next month's ID subject... but lets keep it a bit more simple so more poeple join on
Last edited by Sammy; May 31st, 2005 at 04:04 PM.
-- playing: "Pikmin 3" and "World of Tanks"
-- reading: "Death of the Liberal Class" -Chris Hedges
O my soul, do not aspire to immortal life, but exhaust the limits of the possible. - Pindar
Perhaps you could make a IDM topic idea thread.
I would like to work on something you could use every day.
like freezer/microwave of the future,new powersources/powerplants, future public transport,...