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Designing A Deep-Space UFO
 
SPACE REQUIREMENTS:
Our UFO must be large enough to house a human crew of 10 or 12 
comfortably for a long period of time (several months). It must 
contain life support systems, food and water processing 
equipment, navigation equipment, medical facilities, recreation 
facilities, waste recycling facilities, science and 
photographic divisions, mess area, sleeping quarters, storage 
for exploratory equipment and vehicles, and the control, 
communications and engineering spaces.
POWER SOURCE:
We will install a power source that renders the vehicle 
massless while in flight (anti-mass field) and is also capable 
of driving the UFO at near light speeds. It should be small 
enough to be located in a central area near the control and 
engineering spaces, and simple enough in design to be attended 
by no more than one or two technicians.
ACCESS REQUIREMENTS:
A central ladder or a lift powered by the engine should run the 
entire depth of the sphere. This eliminates space and weight 
consuming stair wells and will provide easy and rapid access to 
all decks and spaces. Each separate division should be 
accessible to any other two adjoining divisions by access 
doors. Access doors, hatches and scuttles must be airtight to 
protect the rest of the vehicle in the event of a disaster.

Life support systems, electrical systems and comfort systems 
such as air conditioning and ventilation will be centrally 
located near the lift and easily accessible in the event of 
failure.
DESIGN REQUIREMENTS:
Our space vehicle must be constructed of a durable, lightweight 
material that will protect its inhabitants from solar and 
cosmic radiation and impacts from small objects. It must be 
airtight and watertight, capable of traveling through space or 
under the deepest oceans.
It should have no weight or space consuming landing gear and be 
capable of hovering inches from the ground for indefinite 
periods of time as long as the power is on. The hull must be 
constructed of a material that will withstand very high 
temperatures while moving through dense atmospheres. It must be 
capable of withstanding the sub-zero temperatures of deep space 
or distant planets. Exploratory equipment should be located 
near the bottom of the hull and an access hatch should be 
provided for loading and off-loading personnel, samples and 
machines as necessary.
If our science is far enough advanced, we might have no 
exterior access doors at all but would beam objects and beings 
aboard or off load vehicles by means of a matter transporter. 
The UFO might have view ports for direct line of sight 
observation. Ideally, however, we would use VCASS viewing 
simulators in two or three dimensions, in color or projected as 
holograms to the control deck.
Since our vehicle can appear and disappear at near light 
speeds, no weapons would be required, except, perhaps, some 
sidearms for personnel when disembarked for planetary 
exploration when known hostile inhabitants are wandering about 
the area. They should be considered last-effort defense weapons 
only. Stun-guns, perhaps, or psychological inhibitors of some 
sort. No aggressive weapons would be required since we could 
simply vanish in the event we might be detected and set upon by 
alien air forces.
COMMUNICATIONS:
Since our vehicle would be moving at near light speeds most of 
the time, communications with the home planet would be 
difficult unless we could either develop a signal accelerator 
or learn to communicate by telepathy over vast distances.
Honing our latent telepathic communication skills would 
virtually eliminate the need for radios and intercom systems 
within the ship. Each person would know precisely what to do 
every moment simply by tuning in to the other crew members.
Honing teleportation skills would eliminate the need for a 
machine to move us into and out of the vehicle. If one wanted 
to enter the ship, they would think it and it would be done. Of 
course, they would have to be able to pass through solid 
objects in order to accomplish this feat, so learning to 
transmigrate would be helpful.
Performing transmutation would be a boon to our crew. If each 
member could alter their virtual shape or appearance_becoming a 
grey figure with a large head and huge oval eyes, for 
instance_we could prevent inhabitants of the planets we visit 
from discovering our true vulnerable forms, our true mortal 
selves.
In time we might be able to do away with the ship completely 
and simply whisk ourselves to any planet in the known universe 
at thought speed. But for now_between 1992 and 2020_let's 
concentrate on building and living aboard our remarkable UFO as 
we journey into deep space to explore and plunder the near 
planets of our own solar system.
The space medicine required to keep us healthy in space has 
already been developed. Food processing devices and waste 
recycling machines have graduated from test bench items to 
pieces of practical hardware. Our communications devices are 
just adequate for the task of transmitting and receiving 
messages between Earth and Mars or beyond.
Scientists and engineers know the general shape and design of 
future space craft and they've developed most of the materials 
to use in their construction. Teachers are alive and well and 
future astronauts are being born at the rate of several hundred 
every minute. About the only thing preventing 20th Century 
humans from leaping away from Earth en masse is the power 
source which will allow both masslessness  and acceleration to 
near light speeds. I suggest this will be one and the same 
power source.
The anti-mass field generator or Cascade Generator will render 
anything within its field virtually massless, thus a few ounces 
of thrust would be enough to propel the craft in one direction 
or another. Several thousand pounds of thrust could cause it to 
accelerate to near light speeds with no harmful effects upon 
the crew. It would be a total inertial system, effecting 
everything encompassed equally.
Several countries are eagerly exploring anti-mass field 
engines, most notably Japan and Germany. Their subsonic 
commuter trains are driven by power sources only a discovery or 
two away from the Cascade Generator. While they have not 
overcome mass or inertia, they have succeeded in overcoming the 
greatest terrestrial bugaboo of all: friction. Their trains 
ride on an invisible cushion of electro-magnetic force that 
eparates the enormous weight of the train from the tracks by a 
fraction of a millimeter. It literally rides suspended in the 
air above the tracks.
Forward motion is achieved by changing the magnetic field of 
the coils in the track at incredible speeds, alternating 
positive and negative to pull the train along, one magnet (the 
track) pulling the other (the train). A similar device, refined 
to prevent mass, could propel our UFO someday. Not an 
anti-gravity device (which has so far proven unsatisfactory), 
but an anti-mass device projected to the hull from a central 
point, the AMF would allow extreme maneuvers in any direction 
instantly.

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