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>As for time
>dilation, I understood that time would pass "normally" for the observer
>provided he observes his immediate location? If I were traveling at 0.9c,
>then I would experience time as per usual, but everything else would look
>different, but if a stationary observer were to watch me, he would see me
>going slower...

The above indeed is correct. But remember that seen from Earth the ship's
time slows down, and therefore also their mass exhaust per second. Thus
from Earth's frame the ship accelerates at an increasingly slower rate.