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The Ballistic Theory of Light and its Implications for Space Travel [Waldron_JBritInterplanetSoc_v32(1978)95-98.PDF]

Author:

Waldron, R. A.

Category:

Journal Reprints

Sub-Category:

Astrophysics

Language:

English

Date Published:

December 1978

Source Link:

© Journal of the British Interplanetary Society @ http://www.bis-space.com/

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530

Keywords:

ballistic theory, Lorentz transformations, Doppler effect, Compton effect

Abstract:

An outline of the ballistic theory of light is given (for a full account see Waldron 1971). The theory is able to explain those phenomena of modern physics hitherto held to be explicable only by Einstein's theory of relativity, such as the mass defect of atomic nuclei, positron-electron annihilation and pair production, Doppler effect, Compton effect, etc. The theory is next applied to rocket travel, and it is shown that although it is possible in principle to accelerate a rocket to speeds greater than the velocity of light the ratio of payload to initial mass rapidly becomes small for quite modest increases in speed. It is concluded that even with technology far in advance of anything conceivable today, the region of the universe open to rocket exploration, while greater than would be expected if velocities were always less than that of light in accordance with the orthodox relativity theory, would not be more than an order of magnitude greater.

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