People have been thinking this way for some time

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Posted by Ammianus Marcellinus on 03/20/02 - 18:10:19
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There was an article "A Program for Space Flight," _Analog_ magazine, Nov. 1972 I think.  My old Analogs are in storage.  The proposal was for a big sphere that would explode nuclear weapons and channel the exhaust out through tubes.  Biospheres would be connected to the engine across some significant distance (from it) to avoid irradiating the passengers.

The suggestion was that it would take 15 years to get to Alpha Centauri using such a vehicle, even factoring in the acceleration/ deceleration at 1g (32 f/s/s).  

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