Recycling of reaction-mass by linear wormholes
In my mind, I tried to overcome the horrendous problem of having to carry every gram of reaction mass with your space-craft. Surely, how could a person using three dimensions recycle mass without having the recycled fuel slow down the craft? In three-dimensions, Newton's Third Law could be a curse to conservative space-farers. But what if a person didn't limit himself to the tri-dimensional physics, but exceeded them?
My theory is that, by using a linear arrangement of wormholes and engine, one could achieve high speeds with little fuel.
A little diagram to show what I mean:
|••• |===| ••••|
The object in the middle is the engine, probably a NERVA type reactor that simply pushes the reaction mass (•••) out the back by using heat. Or, if one wanted to be a little more futuristic, the engine could be a plasma that is propelled by electro-magnetic fields.
the two arc shaped figures are the wormholes, the right being the entry point, and, the left being the exit. By utilizing the casimir effect on a large scale, one could create wormholes big enough to let a little matter go through. (The plasma propulsion method would be more suited for the wormholes, as the plasma stream could be modified to be thinner/thicker depending on the casimir effect's effeciency.
But there are many flaws to my design.
What if momentum is lost when the reaction mass enters the wormholes? The slower fuel from the exit wormhole would upset the balance of perpetual fuel replenishment, thus slowing it down.
How could one move the wormholes with the ship? Perhaps an electro-magnetic field applied to the wormholes, (after giving them a charge) could do the trick.
Is there another method to expand/create wormholes? The casimir effect seems adequete enough, but other situations might arise for the need of grand ships that would require a more effective way of throuting the wormholes.
Thus, I finish my virtual manuscript. Comments are required so as to perfect the theoritical design of it. If you would be so kind as to participate in perfection, state your opinions