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Old August 24 2012, 09:27 AM   #257
Timo
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Re: The operational status of NCC 1701-A...?

The nautical analogy is probably apt: if you are dying of thirst in the middle of a calm ocean, the proper way to go is to rig a sail.

That is, without extra rigging, the sail produces motion. When properly rigged, it collects rainwater for you.

By properly rigging a solar sail, our not-quite-heroes could quite plausibly produce power for their life support systems, e.g. by using the sail as a giant mirror...

Naturally, motion would also save you if you are dying of thirst in the middle of a calm ocean, or of cold in the middle of empty space. So, a solar sail could generate motive power to save the lives of the crew...

Timo Saloniemi
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