On Fri, 5 Jan 2001, Brent Allsop wrote:
> I've always figured the optimal interplanetary travel speed
> was accelerating at 1 g until you get half way there, and then
> decelerating at the same rate the rest of the trip. Then you wouldn't
> require centrifical force to simulate gravity right? How fast would
> this be? How fast would you be going at the midpoint? And could you
> get to Mars in two weeks with this?
at 1 g, the velocity gets relativistic pretty fast. if my math
hasn't failed me, by the time the craft is halfway to mars, it'd be doing
about 0.4 c -- decelerating at 1 g as well, it will get from earth to mars
in a little less than 3 days.
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