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The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Pentagon death-boffin hothouse where ideas don't have to be mad to get funding but it doesn't hurt either, has issued a new request for proposals. This time, the groundbreaking military gambler-profs are after hugely more flexible ion engines for use in spacecraft. In …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    They should installed Twin Ion Engines for effectiveness

    then they need only a really large artificial satellite, and a man with a deep voice and a black cloak....

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Cheney needs to get somewhere in a hurry?

    George wouldn't be bright enough

  3. Sampler

    Hybrid drive

    Have ion drives for maintaining position over target and standard chem drives for moving into position - will still have a limited shelf life but won't be as bad as current incarnations.

    Bundle with it a measure for in-flight refuelling and you've got a long running spy bird.

  4. Stan


    No prob, whack a few positive electrons up close to light speed and they wont need any propelant. Or clone their bloody president and have all the propelant they could ever need in the form of high velocity bull$hit.

  5. Sean Nevin


    *Positive* electrons?

  6. Angus Lidstone


    Sure.. you dont want any of the negative little buggers. Every man and his dog has them. ;)

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