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Re: MARS HYBRID DESIGN II (First Draft)
At 10:48 AM 3/5/96 PST, you wrote:
>>>>If the Pathfinders are reflecting the beam off to one side. They will be
>>>>pushed out of the beam in the other direction, and accelerated forward.
>>>>Given that the beam presure is strong enough push the ships in the first
>>>>place, it would be too strong for the ships thrust against.
>>>I'm not sure I understand the last sentence.
>>>The beam holds the projected momentum needed to push our obserdly heavy
>>>ship. If said ship isn't in the beam, the reflectors in the beam will
>>>to angle relative to the beam. That will mean that the thrust angles on
>>>the reflectors and the receaving ship, will also be angled. Since the
>>>thrust isn't paralell to the beam/course. The ship and reflectors will be
>>>pushed out to the sides. I.E. off the beam, and off course.
I am not going to get into the math, but you CAN tack a solar sail to sail
towards the sun, so what is the problem with using TC? You might have to
have the Pathfinder tack around TC several times in a decreasing spiral, but
it should be possible to decelerate with JUST the energy from TC.
+ Weave a circle 'round him thrice, and close your eyes with holy dread... +