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Re: Real Space Combat Help:

From: Joachim Heck - SunSoft <jheck@E...>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 1997 12:52:06 -0400
Subject: Re: Real Space Combat Help:

Alex Williams writes:

@:) >	I think it's hard to imagine the attacker having the upper
@:) > hand, fuel-wise, in this situation.

@:) Its not just `more fuel' that's the issue; its dV that's a real
@:) problem.

@:) The /real/ question is who can generate the most dV.  At the
@:) bottom of the well, as we've mentioned previously, its going to
@:) take a /lot/ more fuel to generate the same dV as well-assisted
@:) passes from outside.  This can and probably /will/ make more
@:) difference than the raw amount of fuel available.

  It's true that it's the delta-v that's important.  Also that people
at the bottom of a gravity well have more trouble producing it (at
least in the 'out' direction).	On the other hand, people in low orbit
are actually pretty far out of the gravity well and it's not terribly
difficult to get yourself into an orbit where your planet's gravity is
almost undiscernable.  People coming in from the outside will have the
ability to generate more v.  But probably not more delta-v.  So
they'll be zipping in and everyone will know exactly where they're
going and delta-v becomes less important on the part of the defenders.
If they come in a lower speed they will have better control over where
they're going and more ability to steer but so will the defenders.


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