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Power Generator

  1. Jul 15, 2008 #1
    Here is the situation. A large electric motor has a long rod attached at a 90º to the motor shaft and is accelerated at the end of the rod by something (rocket, fan, etc) and is in space (a vacuum). Thoughts?
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  3. Jul 15, 2008 #2
    The production of the fuel for rocket would out-weigh the power created by the generator. There's no wind in space to push a fan. I think that the fact that it's in a vacuum only buys you freedom from the friction of "air" and gravity on the system.
  4. Jul 16, 2008 #3
    The rocket would just be to get it started, to accelerate it to a high speed. I'm talking about an extremely large generator producing megawatts. The temperature in space is in the low kelvins, lets say 40k or less in the areas where we would be using this device, like in a deep crater on the moon that never receives sunlight. Using superconducting materials will eliminate resistance.
  5. Jul 16, 2008 #4


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    Using superconducting materials does not eliminate the electromagnetic forces that oppose the rotation of the motor. That's not resistance. There is no free lunch.
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