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Re: Marathon's Cruising Speed
Posted By: treellamaDate: 4/16/13 3:44 a.m.

In Response To: Re: Marathon's Cruising Speed (Forrest of B.org)

: One thing to factor in is that the Marathon was driven by a Bussard ramjet
: and so was continually accelerating the entire time in transit, scooping
: up fuel from the interstellar medium as it went. So it's not just a matter
: of launching it from Sol at its average cruising speed; it's a matter of
: launching it at a speed which, taking into account continuing acceleration
: (which we'd have to calculate separately, factoring in things like the
: density of the interstellar medium plus all the technicalities of the
: hypothetical drive mechanism), leaves its average cruising speed as such
: (meaning much greater cruising speed by mid-journey, before it has to
: start braking).

Yep. Time to sit back and watch as the story forum independently discovers calculus.

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Marathon's Cruising SpeedVonZwietracht 4/15/13 3:31 p.m.
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                 Re: Marathon's Cruising SpeedForrest of B.org 4/15/13 7:50 p.m.
                       Re: Marathon's Cruising Speedvonzwietracht 4/15/13 11:21 p.m.
                             Re: Marathon's Cruising SpeedForrest of B.org 4/16/13 1:10 a.m.
                                   Re: Marathon's Cruising Speedtreellama 4/16/13 3:44 a.m.
                                         Re: Marathon's Cruising SpeedBob-B-Q 4/16/13 4:25 a.m.
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