Jay R Snyder, Executive Director of Production
Now for the first time, Dr. Enzmann’s Aerospace Systems are seeing the light of publication. The Foundation for Research of the Enzmann Archive, Inc. is just beginning the research to bring these possibilities to light. Engineering, navigation, planetology, sparse-matrix mathematics, Beam Ships, and endless stories penned with physics and real-science engineering are being discovered daily while researching these archives.
This month, while randomly pulling a file simply labeled ‘astronomy,’ we’ve uncovered these star maps created years ago by Doc E and hidden amongst loose pages filed in his correspondence about starships. Maps are as crucial to any mission as technology. The Enzmann maps have been re-created to bring their illustrations more detail.
This treasure was discovered in the archive among papers from a time when we lived in a Space Age, and many engineers began planning exploration of interstellar space. Goddard’s Grand Design, Lorentz’s Time Dilation Theory, Cole’s Beyond Tomorrow, the USA’S Orion Project, Project Daedalus, and Enzmann’s Starships were realities waiting to happen. I asked Dr. Enzmann if any mission on these maps would include stars such as Barnard’s Star, which is presumed to have two planets in orbit, to which he replied, “that’s the decision of the ship’s Admiral.”
Most stars seen from Earth are nearby within our part of the Milky Way Galaxy. ‘Nearby’ depends on the scale you reference. If there are 26,000 light-years between our sun and the galactic center, 12.5 light-years away is local. Navigating these nearby stars requires measuring their distances from the center point of our own Sun. We begin by locating a particular star on the Celestial Grid and measuring its change in location from one Earth solstice to the next when the Earth is at opposite ends of its orbit using the Pythagorean Theorem a2 + b2 = c2. Astronomers call it Parallax. We’ve been measuring the distance of individual stars for centuries using this basic equation.
The Sun’s equator extends to form the Northern and Southern Hemispheres of our Galactic maps. 0° points toward the center of the Milky Way Galaxy 26,000lya from our sum. This position never changes as the galaxy turns together as a wheel, not a spiral. Perpendicular to this meridian is the Northern Axis above the Sun, and the opposite is the Southern Hemisphere below the Sun’s equator. Even without gravity, there are up and down. These coordinates are the center of our universe for interstellar navigation, and the plane of the Milky Way’s spinning disc is used for intergalactic navigation. Our Sun’s equatorial plane is divided into 360 equal-degree arcs with 1 thru 90° ordered counterclockwise, it being the direction in which our galaxy turns, which is the same as our Planets in Orbit around our Sun.
Within Sol’s Local Bubble fits the neighborhood of just 12.5 light-years radius in all directions. There are about 21 star systems in its Local Bubble; any exploration of the stars will begin within it. There are only eight stars to the north side of our Sun within this 12.5 light-year radius, and seven of them are classified as Red Dwarves – M Stars on the spectrum – signifying them as cooler and smaller than our Sun (class G). The one exception is the star to our XY-southwest: Z-north called Procyon, the bright star in Canis Minor. Procyon is by far the largest star to our north, 11.5lya (light years away) and 1.5 times the size of Sol. Struve 2398 and Barnard’s Star are the only two stars on the Eastern side. The six others are to the west.
Only one star in the northern hemisphere is in its north quadrant – Barnard’s Star – and it is only +4° north of the celestial equator and only six light-years away. There is a 3-star system closer, Proxima, Alpha, and Beta Centauri, that hangs almost directly beneath us in the Southern Hemisphere, only 4.7lya. Barnard’s Star is the closest single-star system. Like most stars, this star is reported to have at least two planets; these are reportedly 3-times the size of Earth. It is a Red Dwarf star around 15% the size of our sun, and is this star a gateway star to deep-space exploration. The closest single-star system can be used as a gravity boost for outgoing and incoming ships accelerating and decelerating.
Among starship designers like Dr. Robert Duncan-Enzmann, several different nuclear propulsion systems have been proposed. The unmanned Daedalus Project was a study done in the seventies by the British Interplanetary Society to send unmanned probes by fusion power to reach 12% light-speed and arrive at Barnard’s Star in 50 years. What if they launched in the ’70s? That ship would be arriving at Barnard’s Star right about now with data we won’t have for at least another 50 years.
Dr. Enzmann’s work was made popular in the ’70s by Harry Stein in Analog Magazine, but after the early termination of the Apollo Project and hundreds and thousands of scientists were laid-off, he describes a moratorium instated that prohibited publication, designs, and/or research of nuclear propulsion systems. None of these potential advancements in Aerospace Systems Engineering have been published in the last 50 years, with few exceptions.
FREA began to release our findings in May 2010 on www.enzmannstarship.com. The response was immediate. In 2012, BIS published a peer review of Dr. Enzmann’s Pulse Class Starship, pronouncing his systems “would work in theory.”
Dr. Enzmann contributed in 1954 to L. Ron Hubbard’s Return to Tomorrow, where we find the well-known quote: “Space is deep, man is small, and TIME is his relentless enemy.” A long-passage ship seeks to escape the equation, “If v = C, t = 0;” if velocity equals lightspeed, time equals zero. Each venture of their starship, Hound of Heaven, into deep space costs decades and even centuries passing on Earth, but the crew survives, barely aging, as no time passes for the duration at lightspeed. In fact: any distance can be traversed at the speed of light in the time it takes to accelerate to light speed and decelerate to zero – roughly six months for each on an Enzmann Echo-Lance Beam Ship.
Although those who first seek to explore our own neighborhood of stars may not be back for Earth decades with their 2nd generation (star born) in charge of their ship. One round trip to a deep star and back would illustrate the immortal effects of interstellar traveling near the velocities of light, but much more impressive would be the effects on the long-passage crew who would not return in their normal lifetimes. In order to make it possible to traverse these distances in one lifetime, the ship and its propulsion system would have to travel both near to – and possibly faster than – light speed.
The local star maps uncovered from the Archive of stars 12.5lya could be used to immortally circumnavigate our Sun in this 25ly diameter sphere. Dr. Enzmann illustrates this in a story about an immortal he calls The Flying Dutchman, a Lance Admiral who spends his heartbeats at light-speed circling the Sun waiting as millennia pass for a way to stop the aging clock. There is another story of a Beam Lance Ship returning out of the night with its hulls literally full of gold mined from a nearby star system.