> 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.
Nice. Nice to launch them to outside the planet's orbit so if it doesn't stop
it doesn't hit Mars at speed. If it was a dependable process, after years of
hundreds of test trials, then you could send people, you could send some
animals before, using high acceleration intersolar travel.
-- Ross Andrew Finlayson Finlayson Consulting Ross at Tiki-Lounge: http://www.tiki-lounge.com/~raf/ "The best mathematician in the world is Maplev in Ontario." - Pertti L.
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