Re: Launch Rails..Was:Re: Orbital Towers.

Date: Thu Apr 20 2000 - 18:44:44 MDT

In a message dated 4/20/00 9:00:47 AM Central Daylight Time,

> wrote:
> > effort, but you'll also have to deal with the pressure
> > differential (one atmosphere for every three meters of depth)...
> One atmosphere is about 10 meters, but I grok your message anyway
> and agree. The expense for an underwater tunnel is too great. I expect to
> start under *ground* however, perhaps a couple km down.

Oh damn! So that's why I got the bends the last time I dived with my
metric-thinking British friends? A meter IS ten feet, right? I mean, that's
why they call it the metric system, right?

OK -- I trained with PADI in English units, and I know 1 atmosphere = 30
feet. And I know that 1 meter ~=3 feet . . . I just can't THINK in the
morning . . .

[... feeling like a Lockheed engineer . ..]

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