Re: [gundam] Gravity & Colony


Mark Simmons (scorpio@best.com)
Fri, 5 Feb 1999 11:05:22 -0800


Mark II writes,

>No distane at all. Remeber, it's not gravitic attraction, but
>centripetal motion that keeps things in colonies from floating off. In
>theory, if you were motionless relative to the rotating walls of the
>colony, you could "float" 1 cm above the "ground" and expend no energy.
>The ground would be spinning by you, though; to people on the ground of
>the colony, you would appear to be skimming along the surface.

  But don't forget that all the air around you is whizzing along at the
same speed as the colony wall. You couldn't just hover in place and ignore
the rotation, any more than you could hover in place a centimeter from the
drum wall of a spinning washing machine. The speed of the rotating air
should diminish as you head towards the center of the colony, allowing you
to experience something close to unalloyed zero gravity along the center
axis.

-- Mark

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