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Old October 10 2012, 01:53 PM   #25
Timo
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Re: Shuttlecraft - curved edges on top?

The visuals suggest an orbital height more like 1,000 km, though. And they further suggest that "standard orbit" involves tight turns, rather than the insignificantly small attitude changes during a camera pass that would result from a freefall orbit at that height. So we're probably witnessing the ship flying figure-eights over the landing party...

But yeah, a thousand klicks would probably take the better part of an hour, with initial subsonic speeds. Although it doesn't seem as if the victim of a tractor beam would be subject to much acceleration in the general case, and might be safely whisked from zero to high speed in a short time.

Timo Saloniemi
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