Propulsion and rot, was Re: Orbit calculations

From: Michael M. Butler (
Date: Fri Mar 09 2001 - 00:08:32 MST

Anders Sandberg wrote:
> Time can be a rather precious resource too.
> BTW, any opinions on whether it is useful to use a nuclear Nerva
> rocket or whether plain oxygen-hydrogen fuel works well?
> > Of course, if it is just for a roleplaying game... {8-] spike
> > They are going to be subjected to a lot of
> > realism... especially of the boredom of staying months in space ;-)

Think big. Go matter-antimatter or muon catralyzed fusion steam.
Constant one gee. Whee!

Not at the opening date... At the opening date of the game, have them
use lox-kerosene. :)

And be sure to include space rot for facilities/equipment that stay
operational long enough. You have probably heard about the space plaque
(mold+bacteria colonies on Mir's exterior, that eat quartz and
titanium--not the plaque on Voyager...)? I am wondering if the damage is
exacerbated by free singlet oxygen (prevalent at those altitudes


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