I’d post this in a question thread, but anyone who does know the answer would be uber awesome anyway so I’ll ask for people to show off their knowledge. Anyway, to my question:
I’ve been looking into space propulsion technologies as part of research for a script I’m writing. Mars missions, particularly manned ones, are prohibitively expensive and very long- it takes months, if not years, for a manned mission because current gen rockets are inefficient and unwieldy to time the precise gaps necessary to make a Mars shot.
Enter the VASIMR design. It’s a really neat idea, and supposedly it could make a journey to mars in about 40 days, which beats the ever living shit out of current gen rocketry. Problem is, it only works in orbit.
The circumstances in my screenplay dictate a launch from a lunar based Linear Induction Motor to act as the first stage, using a track that runs a long distance on the Moon’s surface. The question I want to ask though, is not about the mars journey itself but the power sources of this rocket and the LIM track.
One of my characters has a tracker in her blood stream that the bad guys have been using to chase her down with. The good guys need to get it out, so the plan is to expose the tracked character to a heavy duty electromagnetic field to fry the circuitry in the tracking device. They can’t just cut the tracker out of her because it’s blood-borne and decentralized, and they’re on a mining barge so a dialysis machine isn’t practical to get. Could they utilize the EM fields generated by a VASIMR rocket or a magnetized track rail to disable electronic devices, without frying the character in the process?