Quoting Will Gober
How do you steer this energy into the direction you want it to go? Wouldn't it just blow up the ship?
Well, the bomb goes off, the blast reflects off the pusher plate and the ship goes fowards.
You use the RCS thrusters to decide where 'fowards' is. That is, you want to go left, you turn the nose of the ship to the left and fire the engine for a bit.
Nope. The ship would be designed specifically for the job, and with a bit of leeway in case of accidents. With the oil sprayed on the plate before each explosion, the plate wouldn't even be scratched. Permalink