Re: Solutions to the Zero-G problem

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Thu Oct 26 2000 - 08:23:18 MDT

It is an idea that has been considered, however the problems of maintaining
rotating and non-rotating sections of a ship or space station adds to complexity
and cost. A better solution is using tethers to utilize the tidal gradient of
the earth's gravity field. Tethers have been experimented with since the Gemini
program (the Gemini capsules would hook up a tether to an Agena MOL, and reel
out a couple hundred yards to induce a microgravity for experiments (and to
properly eject film capsules from spy cameras on the Agena MOL for re-entry).

Coyote wrote:
> Forgive my ignorance on this matter but why can't centrifugal force be used
> as substitute ?

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