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Re: Re: RE: RE: starship-design: Engine Parameters

In a message dated 10/15/98 8:30:29 AM, zkulpa@zmit1.ippt.gov.pl wrote:

>> From: KellySt@aol.com
>> In a message dated 10/13/98 7:24:34 AM, lparker@cacaphony.net wrote:
>> >Why does your car's speedometer read to over 70 mph? You never go that 
>> >fast and would just get a ticket if you did.
>> Not in my area of the country.
>> >Because, the optimum cruise speed of the engine is less than the maximum
>> >speed, that why.
>> What does that meen?  Why would you build a ship (spending all the extra 
>> cost) to make it able to take a multi g boost? It has no practical benifit.
>Kelly, it is the other way round: you are designing a ship for
>optimal work at 1g (e.g., the best fuel efficiency, reliability, etc.). 
>And then - bingo - it appears that such designed ship 
>is capable to achieve 10g for some time 
>(albeit with less efficiency). OK?

Not unless you want to assume structures all redesigned to take 10 times the
stress, and engines designed to 10 times the thrust?

>-- Zenon