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starship-design: RE: Television Starships

Yes, what you mention about small spinning ships is true.
One way around this is to divide the ship into two sections,
separate them on a tether, and spin the whole system.
The tether could be however long you want it.  You could
have an elevator running along the length of the tether, etc.
No, the mailing list is for everyone - I don't think there are
many aerospace engineers at all!

I don't remember the subscribe text, but my guess is you
send email to majordomo@darkwing.uoregon.edu with
the phrase "susbcribe starship-design" in the body of the


>From: 	Duncan McKenzie[SMTP:duncan@mail.cable.com]
>Sent: 	Thursday, October 31, 1996 6:11 AM
>To: 	David Levine
>Subject: 	Re: Television Starships
>Hi David
>Thanks for your help on this. 
>I would actually be interested in joining your mailing list (partly
>because of this project, but also because I'm interested in the
>subject). Is it just for professional aerospace engineers, or are
>laypersons also welcome?
>> There are, however, other ways to
>> produce gravity.  
>I considered a spinning ship (or section thereof) for this project, 
>but it seemed to me that either the ship would have to be very large 
>(which goes against the dramatic goal of making it feel very 
>confined), or the floors would be very curved (to avoid objects 
>rolling off to the corners). Also, I had a hunch that a smaller, 
>fast-spinning ship might lead to health problems, since the 
>"downward" pull on the blood in the feet would be significantly less 
>than the pull on the blood in the brain.
>Are there other ways? (Other than, say, Velcro shoes)
>Thanks again for your help.