[geeks] ultralight suicide mission
phil.stracchino at speakeasy.net
Thu Nov 2 12:43:12 CST 2006
Charles Shannon Hendrix wrote:
> Wed, 01 Nov 2006 @ 09:55 -0700, Dan Duncan said:
>> Even if you don't hit a car, think "belt sander" or "bandsaw."
>> If it didn't flay your skin off, it would probably at least
>> shred your spacesuit at which point you'd be dead anyway.
> Also, how would you jump off of the tether?
> I would think the only place you could jump off would be the station,
> which needs to be fairly far out because they want it to be zero or
> slightly negative Gs. The counterweight is at geo-synchronous altitude.
> Also, from what I've read if you jumped off the station, you would not
> fall, you would be flung away from Earth. Part of the reason for the
> station location is to make launches easy.
Well, you don't want to trust your aim to jumping from 22,000 or 30,000
miles anyway. We're talking about jumping from LEO -- say, 300 miles.
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