I love old science fiction

I grew up on Heinlein, Azimov, Bradbury, Niven, Pournelle. etc.  If you know the names, you know what I mean.

But this quote – was this from a novel written in the 40’s or a contemporary press release? 

Each of our three ion engines weighs in at 20 pounds and is about the size of a basketball,” said Patel. “From such a little engine you can get this blue beam of rocket exhaust that shoots out at 89,000 miles per hour. The fuel efficiency of an ion engine is an order of a magnitude higher than chemical rockets and can reduce the mass of fuel onboard a spacecraft up to 90 percent. It is a remarkable system.”

It’s an interesting read, and well written, so…

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  1. @Paul – good – take a picture or two!

  2. Next Wednesday .. 7:25am .. THIS TIME I won’t miss it!