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    IDM - #002: Solar System alignment defense

    IDM - #002: Solar System alignment defense


    Project #002

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    "Solar System alignment defense";
    For years Nasa and other space-research organizations have worried about the effects of a metor coming into the earth's rotation, yet it has now come to the attention of these organizations that for earth to survive as it is, ALL the planets in the system must be held in their natural orbit around the sun. If a metor were to destroy mars, the system itself would be thrown out of loop.

    It is up to you to design a defense system to protect the entire solar system from catastrophes.

    The guidelines are:
    • [b]The defense system must beable to protect our entire solar system
    • [b]It must have ability to protect against metor-threats.
    • Cannot upset the balance of the solar system.


    Deadline:
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    - for any questions or help go here:
    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=37512


    Post your Designs for this month, and have fun!
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    wow, that's pretty complex. Should make for some interesting and varied entries.
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    I'm assumig the orbits don't travel in straight lines, but also move up and down in that orbit. But even so, in bajimillions of years, and/or in the supposed bajamillion years before now, shouldn't have/will pluto hit our old firend, the neptune.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueMech
    I'm assumig the orbits don't travel in straight lines, but also move up and down in that orbit. But even so, in bajimillions of years, and/or in the supposed bajamillion years before now, shouldn't have/will pluto hit our old firend, the neptune.
    No, the orbits are tilted and never actually intersect. But it is interesting to note that from time to time, Pluto isn't the farthest planet from the sun. Be sure to save that trivia gold for your next awesome party. Chicks dig astronomy facts.



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    just a lil info on asteroids

    theres 3 basic types of asteroids.
    1 a single asteroid
    2 a pair of asteriods (normally rotating around each other)
    3 a small cluster or group of smaller asteroids.

    the problem is that each has its difficulty in being destroyed. the first can be destroyed by a nuke if small. however if larger a nuke would do nothing more then put a dent in it

    2 since theres 2 asteriods you need 2 bombs or one well placed on that could destoy 1 and blast the on of cousre enough to miss a planet

    3. believe it or this would be the hardest to defend against. it'd be extremely dificult to manuever a nuke into the middle of the cluster, but more then likey after the explosion the pieces would simply come back together due to the gravity's atraction.

    anyways just a lil info to think about (from discovery channel BTW)
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    thisll be a tough one :s

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    Think i might join in on this one.. sounds although a little complicated. How kind of extreme/futuristic are we allowed to go, as in plain old NUKE em out of the sky or bigg ass gravity rays that move them out of the way? Any limits at all, or they gotta be 'realistic'.... ?

    Sounds like an impossibly task realistically, but we can only try.
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    the dark side

    every time when i try to imagine this defence system, i came up with a death star like thing

    shooting down objects with balistic weapons make's more worth

    hm ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by repet
    every time when i try to imagine this defence system, i came up with a death star like thing

    shooting down objects with balistic weapons make's more worth

    hm ....
    well, a death star is hardly a good thing to defend a whole solar system... you never can get from one end to the other in time without upsetting the ballance

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    so then we are talking about a single piece of equipment? i immediately thought that every planet would have to have its own orbiting version of this thing, or it would never work.

    cheers,

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    This idea interested me, so I registered for the forums . What level of technology is being assumed for this design? Is it up to us, or do we have to work to today's tech/very near future stuff? I quite liked the idea of a huge nanobot Dyson Sphere around the solar system, with the 'bots attaching to the asteroid, using its mass to replicate and fashion themselves into an engine using the asteroid itself as the reaction mass. Obviously this isn't really feasible with NASA tech right now , so I want to know if I have to change my idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyi_72
    so then we are talking about a single piece of equipment? i immediately thought that every planet would have to have its own orbiting version of this thing, or it would never work.

    cheers,

    k

    well my design in just several large peices of equipment that work together, so at least 1 or 2 may be in range to take care of the asteroid, while the third or fourth will have time to make it, or can kind of be the rear guard so nothing sneaks up on them. i dunno
    No. No. Uh uh. No way. Ain't happening.

    alright, gimme a sec.

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    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.

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    ....dude..

    it says solar system..
    thats a bit smaller than the universe..
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    can you say solar system?
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    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!

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