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A "Magnetic Assist" Flyby?

  1. May 25, 2015 #1
    With regards to the Blandford-Znajek process (about which I've only recently become aware), would be possible, at least in theory, to tap into the rotational energy of a charged black hole, this by using its revolving field-lines as a kind of 'magnetic assist' to increase the acceleration of, say, an unmanned probe making a close flyby? Or is this completely potty?
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  3. May 26, 2015 #2
    I would like to know if the physics behind this would vary with object mass. I think smaller particles would be greatly affected by this more than larger objects (Because black hole).
  4. May 27, 2015 #3
    Moreover, it would be interesting to know if the above also applies to other celestial bodies with a high magnetic flux - neutron stars and magnetars especially.
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