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  • n. A proposed space travel technology using enormous electromagnetic fields as a scoop to collect and compress hydrogen and trigger thermonuclear fusion, thus powering the vessel.

Etymologies

ramjet and scoop (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Early in my career, I did nothing but that: my first novel, Golden Fleece, was set aboard an interstellar ramscoop, and Far-Seer, Fossil Hunter, and Foreigner were set on an alien world.

    SF Signal Interviews Robert J. Sawyer

  • Janice could have done that just in case there were some notes in there, notes on Ed Sinclair's ramscoop field equations.

    Minnesota Menage

  • A specially adapted ramscoop ship pilot gets in trouble in space, when he sees a large golden alien humanoid.

    Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror: Passerby - Larry Niven

  • Parts critical to the ramscoop mechanism had worn out.

    String Theory, Book 3: Evolution

  • The Sierra Hueso had been mapped from orbit by the colony ramscoop, but no one Ramon knew had ever actually been there, and the territory was still so unexplored that the peaks of the range had not even been individually named.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • Near the head, things are different: no huge claws here, but the delicately branching fuzz of bush robots, nanoassemblers poised ready to repair damage in flight and spin the parachute of a ramscoop when the ship is ready to decelerate.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • Under conventional ramscoop drive at first, then using bootstrapping again as the memory of pain dulled a little, the ships headed for 4408A/B Trianguli, a promising “wide” binary with two possible stars.

    Rihannsu: The Bloodwing Voyages

  • Under conventional ramscoop drive at first, then using bootstrapping again as the memory of pain dulled a little, the ships headed for 4408A/B Trianguli, a promising "wide" binary with two possible stars.

    The Romulan Way

  • The ramscoop fields, designed to gather interstellar hydrogen, drew in, constricting nebular gas ahead of the ship.

    STRANGE NEW WORLDS

  • Then someone had figured out that it was cheaper just to vaporize the wreckage and have a ramscoop sweep through the cloud and strain out the raw materials.

    Time's Enemy

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