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    IDM - #002: Solar System alignment defense

    IDM - #002: Solar System alignment defense


    Project #002

    Topic:
    "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:
    May 31.


    - 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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