Ricky Lai (x-lai@uchicago.edu)
Sat, 23 Sep 2000 11:05:54 -0500


Pardon my ignorance, but what is "delta-V?" How does a quick attaining of
delta-V useful in economizing on propellant?

Lim Jyue wrote:

> While Mark has made some very good points about catapult capacities
> and so on, I'll just like to point out that the use of a catapult for MS (in
> space or in an atmosphere) is mainly to give offensive MS a large increase
> in delta-V in a short time, to reduce the use of propellant in these MS.
>
> However, defensive screens of MS merely need to walk out of a
> convenient airlock, as their role does not necessarily mean they need a high
> delta V. So, taking a Doros for example, assuming it retains a quarter of
> its MS for close fleet protection, it means the ratio of MS to catapults
> drop to about 20 per catapult. Still a large ratio, but not impossible,
> especially if the offensive MS have a high percentage of long-range units,
> such as Gelgoogs with external tanks.

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