You're blogging on Sunday? You heathen!So, the first picture is one of the shuttles that hooks up and detaches from the big circle thingy (which will stay in the sky)? Why would you say this design is better than the first?
I read a science fiction book years ago about a giant cylinder spaceship that kind of reminds me of yours. It talked about simulating gravity the same way. About halfway into the cylinder there was an actual river that lined the inner walls all the way around.Was an interesting book, too bad I can't remember the title or author.
When I started laying this out mentally I imagined an oatmeal box shaped ship, that rotated rapidly- then when I started to look at the math, I realized that a larger diameter would be better (needs less spin, and the floors are less curvy) and so I had more of a tobacco can shape. Then it occurred to me that I was now designing a flying saucer, and I laughed outloud.Of course I am a heathen.Yeah Timpani, exactly right, the first shot is a small "transport". 22ft diameter shown here, vs the large machine's 200 ft diameter.more later-J
this one looks more like it would work. do you need to stop rotation to link the shuttles back up. you could use a rotating dock that rotates in the oppisite direction of the main craft.
I hope you don't mind me helping, but I made a few adjustments to the ship's aerodynamics:http://www.notla.com/stuff/adjustments.jpgWhat do you think?
Brad-excelllent idea, you gorfwogger!Moose, As to not stopping the rotation of the large ships in order to dock the smaller ships, I am thinking (although not showing in the model) of threading, like screw to bolt, the M and F ports of the ships (the cone shaped poky outs) so as to use the rotating motion to your advantage.
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