Re: 1 g acceleration?

Randall R Randall (
Sun, 5 Jul 1998 23:19:22 -0400

On Sun, 5 Jul 1998 18:36:52 -0600 Brent Allsop <> writes:
>Michael Lorrey <>,

>> Well, it all depends on what your propulsion system is. If you are
>> using a reaction fuel based system, and are relying on internal fuel
>> stores, he is right, you won't last very long.
> Won't last very long? As in you'll be crushed or something?

No, as in you'll run out of reaction mass.

<snip Bussard ramjet>
> Cool! So if you can harvest or collect the fuel and mass to
>use for acceleration as you go this makes a difference from if you
>start with your fuel and mass on board?

There is apparently little reason to
think that this will work very well, and some have gone so far as to suggest
that it would make an excellent brake.

>> > If you were orbiting, at near the speed of light, just above the
>> > event horizon, wouldn't you feel weightless?
>> No, you would feel rather strained, to say the least....
> This can't be right can it?

<snip of lots of questions, many of
which I can't answer...>
Tidal forces would be a real problem.
The gravitational force that one side or end of your body would feel would be
different enough from the other side or

end, that you would be pulled apart
and/or squashed, in different directions.


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