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Electric Universe spaceships

With the solar system, galaxies seemingly connected by the plasma lattice could you travel along these electrified gas highways?

NASA says it is a magnetic universe, combine that with a 99% plasma universe and you should have some form of universal natural power and potential differences?

As well as the photon sail there have been designs for a magnetic sail and an electric sail – solar system sailing.

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The classic science fiction ideas of a massive solar sail or some form of chemical element scoop is a possibility, especially through dusty plasma currents and astrophysical jets.

Could the idea of space tethers be used to power spacecraft to explore our solar system and outside our solar system into the Milky Way galaxy and the Universe?

What other engine or transformer systems could you use if your vehicle is going naturally electric powered? One author proposes a rather more impressive EU space power station.

Spaceship tethers

There are plans and ideas to use space tethers to power spacecraft in our solar system, to help with the propulsion of spaceships to local planets.

Using Jupiter

Tether systems may also be useful in planetary exploration. With its great gravity and magnetic field, Jupiter would seem a natural place for a propulsive tether system to move a space probe into orbit around the planet, then tour the moons, and even power the spacecraft. NASA/Marshall investigated just such an intriguing possibility, but the answer was a surprising “maybe” rather than a resounding “yes.”

While Jupiter has a strong magnetic field, the gravity gradient – in effect, its “steepness” – is not strong enough to keep the tether straight as it pushes the probe.

“The use of tethers in the Jovian system presents entirely new challenges and opportunities,” wrote Johnson and Dr. Dennis Gallagher, a scientist at NASA/Marshall’s Space Sciences Laboratory. If anything, the tether would produce more electricity than the spacecraft would need.
Spacecraft may fly on “empty” using propulsive tether concept | NASA

Would you need to use an electrodynamic tether, a massively long space tether or ‘wire’, or something else that can use the potential differences of space plasma formations? To harness the potential differences in electromagnetic plasma filaments (Birkeland currents etc), current sheets etc.

High Strength Electrodynamic Force Tether Facility Space craft plasma HEFT

As NASA works to make space missions cheaper, it is looking at the possibility of using a long wire to power spacecraft exploring space around Jupiter where Galileo is gathering more hints that icebound Europa may have the right conditions for life … In theory, a spacecraft could use a 10 km (6.2-mile) wire to augment rockets for propulsion once it reaches Jupiter.

An electrical tether uses the same principles as electric motors and generators. Move a wire through a magnetic field and you get an electrical current for power. Send electricity through a wire and you get a magnetic field that drags or pushes on any outside magnetic field … It can also generate electrical power for a satellite orbiting a planet with a magnetic field, or raise or lower the satellite’s orbit – if the satellite has an electrically conducting tether.
High wire act may be best way to explore Europa | NASA

An electrical tether will work only where nature provides both a magnetic field and a plasma (electrified gas). The motion of the wire through the magnetic field provides the energy, and the electrons in the plasma provide the return path that completes the electrical circuit.

The Earth’s magnetic field and its ionosphere, which extends well into “empty” space, would do well for satellites here.

Jupiter is a bit more of a challenge, Gallagher explained.

Near the planet, where the plasma is densest, a 10 km (6.2 mile) tether would produce a 50,000-volt potential and a 20 amp current. That would be 1 megawatt of power flowing through a line just 1 mm (1/25th of an inch) thick.
High wire act may be best way to explore Europa | NASA

Human Mars Mission using HEFT

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For this system, we will use the High-Strength Electrodynamic Force Tether (HEFT) Facility concept, which combines rotating momentum-exchange tether principles with electrodynamic tether propulsion to provide a means for repeatedly boosting payloads from LEO to higher orbits or interplanetary trajectories without requiring propellant expenditure. The HEFT facility would consist of a central station with a power supply, along, tapered, high-strength tether, and a grapple vehicleat the end of the tether. The tether would have a conducting core so that current can be driven along the tether by the station’s power supply.
Elliptical-Orbit HEFT System – Design of a tether boost facility for the Human Mars Mission | Tether Unlimited (link to PDF)

Electromagnetic Solar System sails

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A huge sheet or area used to power the spacecraft or satellite was dreamed up by old science fiction writers and scientists. A solar sail being blown along by those numerous dusty plasma filaments and especially now powered by an Electric Universe.

Light sails use the tiny but numerous energy of particles for propulsion. The

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Electric sail
More electrical universe applications than the traditional solar sail based on old isolated planets science theories.

Pekka Janhunen from FMI has invented a type of solar sail called the electric solar wind sail. Mechanically it has little in common with the traditional solar sail design. The sails are replaced with straightened conducting tethers (wires) placed radially around the host ship.

The wires are electrically charged to create an electric field around the wires. The electric field extends a few tens of metres into the plasma of the surrounding solar wind. The solar electrons are reflected by the electric field (like the photons on a traditional solar sail). The radius of the sail is from the electric field rather than the actual wire itself, making the sail lighter.

The craft can also be steered by regulating the electric charge of the wires. A practical electric sail would have 50–100 straightened wires with a length of about 20 km each. Electric solar wind sails can adjust their electrostatic fields and sail attitudes.
Electric solar wind sail | wikipedia


A magnetic sail would also employ the solar wind. However, the magnetic field deflects the electrically charged particles in the wind. It uses wire loops, and runs a static current through them instead of applying a static voltage.

Magnetic sails bend the path of the charged protons that are in the solar wind. By changing the sails’ attitudes, and the size of the magnetic fields, they can change the amount and direction of the thrust.
Magnetic sails | wikipedia

Electromagnetic Universe powered spacecraft?

There seems enough observable evidence to show huge galactic electromagnetic or highly energised features in our universe.

Now that these electromagnetic objects are being discovered and recognised could we use them to power spaceships or satellites to explore the local solar systems and the Milky Way galaxy?

spaceships spacecraftsIs there any way to move through a Birkland Current? A way to move with or against a charge gradient? If there is then I’d like to know more about it.

I had my own fantasy about such a thing during a show on Roswell when they were just found to be weather ballons. What if, I imagined, these balloons were more complex than one layer, what if they were chambered with coatings and circuitry? What if an inner chamber/balloon was charged like a Vandergraaf sphere, oscillating in some configuration like a rail gun or tracer lights in a marquee? What would an electric space ship look like?

Ionic rockets are not the same thing. They are Newtonian. Equal and opposite. An electronic craft pulls on the charge gradient like a swimmer or a rope climber. If it can be imagined, it can be built.
Drake Dorosh comment in discussion page

Birkeland currents that seem to extend over incredible distances in space, perhaps linking up all the space bodies and galactic objects in a filamentary universe, might be a good source of huge electromagnetic potential differences that could be used to power propulsion systems.

Use the different vectors of the spiralling electrons or charged particles in and around the Birkeland currents? Or the Marklund Convection?

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Could you use the plasma double layers supposedly found or part of Birkeland currents? How would you detect them as their physical nature seems to cloak them or is it that science is not expecting them so not looking for them or interpreting them?

Would you even need to use the potential differences? Could you just directly tap into their energy?

If you accept the space principles of the EU theory then what sort of ‘free energy’ is available to use? What is possible?

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What sort of power and propulsion systems could you create for spaceships?

How fast could you travel? How could you travel? How would you brake to slow down at the end of the journey?

Star system powered spacecraft

Whilst tethers and sails are elegant ideas, we want exotic engines and propulsion methods more befitting the power of an electric Plasma Universe.

According to Electric Universe pseudo-science, all stars should have an ion jet at their magnetic poles. I want to pin the device above one of the poles (both if the star has two connections) using magnetic flux against the star.
Electric Universe: can an object be pinned at a solar pole with magnetic flux? | Worldbuilding Stack Exchange

This story/suggestion then comments from readers is more like it. This chap tries to use the birkeland sheets and filaments connecting the plasma beads on a string that are electric stars. Electric Engineers or technicians of that type then contribute with a few electrical transformers, circuitry and effects that would help. Fascinating stuff.

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His question and title is Electric Universe: can an object be pinned at a solar pole with magnetic flux? This, in Thunderbolts EU theory has already been suggested as having happened, with planets instead of spaceships. The suggestion of a previous planetary configuration, with planet Earth as well as others sitting or fixed below Saturns south pole, seems to suggest getting caught below a plasmoid might be possible.

You then have the intriguing prospect of Herbig-Haro objects, highly energetic plasma filaments with lots of interstellar dusty plasmas, as an electrical highway or motorway.

Using the pseudo-science electricity analogy, you want to use transformers for long range power transmission. Here on Earth, P=VI; power (P) equals potential or voltage (V) times current (I). High current leads directly to power losses due to resistance. So the best way to transmit over long distances is to lower the current as much as possible. Given the power equation, this can be done by raising voltage. Therefore, you want your stations, instead of increasing the current of plasma between stars, to in crease the ‘potential’ between the stars.

Note that this is more like DC than AC, because you don’t want your interstellar plasma reversing directions (or else your travellers will never get anywhere).
Electric Universe: can an object be pinned at a solar pole with magnetic flux? | Worldbuilding Stack Exchange

In the normal universe, a superconductor can be pinned to a particular pattern of flux. If nothing in your EU messes that up, you should be able to park a superconductive ring anywhere near the star where the flux doesn’t change. So while most of the surface is covered with bands and loops that boil and wiggle, suppose that your polar vortex is stable and provides a unique place for this to work.

It needs to be a ring to support the currents that cancel any movement. The bigger it is, the more grip it has, and it needs to be of a scale so it sees different flux lines rather than freely sliding along one. It does not spin or anything.

Look into two effects of interest: flux pinning and Meissner effect.
Electric Universe: can an object be pinned at a solar pole with magnetic flux? | Worldbuilding Stack Exchange

This reply suggests that the transforming engine should have different electromagnetic potentials by being across different lines of magnetic flux. Space plasma are suggested to have double layers, which are relatively narrow areas where the positive and negative charges of different plasma sheets (Birkeland sheets) are beside each other.

NASA’s Solar Parker Probe has likely traversed these double layers and NASA’s Magnetic Universe can only suggest they are switchbacks, wheres EU theory and perhaps Plasma Cosmology would interpret the alternating currents as the counter rotating spheres and layers of Birkeland currents.