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Join Date: Jun 2012
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# 32
12-25-2012, 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted by hortwort View Post
Problem 1: The saucer section has the wrong orientation for simulating gravity. You'd have the most motion-sick crew imaginable every time the thrusters fired.
According to the site, part of the reason ion engines are planned is because they have a more gradual acceleration - only about 0.0001g. That means a 200 pound person will feel a weight shift of just .02 pounds as the wheel spins. This should not be perceptible.

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Originally Posted by maxvitor View Post
I expect this petition will get a polite noncommittal response if it gets any attention at all, before being tossed in the same file as conspiracy theories, alien abduction stories and every other crackpot notion that someone had the delirium to think up.
Maybe. Probably. But it's worth a try. Worst case scenario, they dismiss the petition and we (the BTE supporters) continue to push for it on the site.

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Originally Posted by raj011 View Post
Also so what not listed, escape pods, if anything were to happen to the main ship how will the crew escape other than the vehicle they are taking with but could that hold the whole crew, last thing I want to see Titanic in space. To many lives are lost due to arrogance as well as other things.
Technically, this safety question will exist for any large spaceship in space. With the Enterprise, the gravity wheel pods, and all sections of the ship, will be air-sealed from each other. So if there is a problem in one section of the ship, it can be sealed off from the rest of the ship. So the ship is like a large submarine. Its compartments can be sealed off, and a large self-sufficient crew goes off on missions in an isolated ship for months at a time. And on the Enterprise triple redundancy in all systems makes sure that there is never a complete loss of a critical system.
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