Ion thruster

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  1. Lyons

    Lyons The Best Airplane Builder Ever

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    Would be an amazing new high level propulsion. Like a propeller it wouldn't take anything to fuel it which would make it more fun then normal thrusters. Maybe make it to where it has up to like 10 minutes of charge. Then there can be something at your base or something that charges your plane thrusters. It would be super powerful and would make the game more exciting if you can go super fast while flying instead of going slow.

     
  2. JimmyBlether

    JimmyBlether SFS SUPREME COMMANDER

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    Umm, but ion thrusters are actually the worst engine in atmosphere. Literally. They produce less than a kilonewton in space and produce basically no thrust in atmosphere.

     
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    Is this idea stolen from From the Depths or Kerbal Space Program?

     
  4. AstraTheDragon

    AstraTheDragon A dapper dragon

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    Ion engines have the potential to be the fastest engines in the galaxy due to their high efficiency, but only in space and over a huge amount of time (where there is almost no drag or gravity to stop you from accelerating.) Due to drag and the presence of ions outside of the engine in an atmosphere, ion engines are useless inside of one. I agree ion thrusters would be cool but they would only make sense in space... Although TerraTech throws science to the wind in lots of other regards too so one can only speculate...

     
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    JimmyBlether SFS SUPREME COMMANDER

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    Thanks for explaining it better.

     
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    Aside from it not being realistic irl I think that it would be a welcomed addition, also, maybe instead of them using fuel it should use the battery from the craft

     
  8. Lost Ninja

    Lost Ninja Well-Known Member

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    Thruster that requires power. Needs recharging periodically.

    But apart from the fact that if it's more powerful you'd potentially need less of them to reach the maximum speed, there really isn't the need or use for a radically powerful thruster. If the game had an uncapped speed, or immense distances to be covered then having a faster or more powerful method of transportation wouldn't be a bad idea. But as the terrain is functionally identical wherever you go any vast distance covered is going to be pretty much the same as a shorter distance. And the max speed you need to go to get there is around only going to be slightly faster than any existing flying tech why bother with something that is going to need to be returned to you base to be recharged?

     
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    n2galactic Spammer of Megatons

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    I do agree with the whole concept of rechargeable engines since current thruster propulsion involves short bursts of operation with an obnoxiously long automatic reload, making proper jets basically impossible.

     
  10. Lyons

    Lyons The Best Airplane Builder Ever

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    It isn't about going super fast as much as it is about power. In the game now if you want to have a larger then 5 block flying tech you have to either go super slow with fans or you have to go medium with rockets. With rockets you have to have insane amounts of fuel just to have a decent amount of boost. With this idea you could actually have a decent flying experience by increasing power and not just speed.

     

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