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Old January 21 2009, 05:54 AM   #12
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Re: Launching the Phoenix

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Yes, but when the thruster exhaust exited the inertially damped zone, it would revert to its standard mass and push the craft.
But the net kinetic energy of the exhaust gasses - which provide the actual thrust - would have to remain constant in both zones, otherwise you would be violating the law of conservation of energy.

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Seems to me that what the inertial dampers must do is shunt kinetic energy into subspace so that the effective energy in real space would be less. Or something like that.
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