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Re: BSG 2003 (Long)

From: Chris Ronnfeldt <zephyr2112@y...>
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2005 19:36:40 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: BSG 2003 (Long)

--- Rrok Anroll <>

> Afterall, when they were
> working with supersonic flight, didn't they have an
> instance where a
> plane or two shot themselves down, because they were
> moving faster than
> the bullets? Wouldn't the same apply here? You'd
> think. 

It would not apply here. In atmospheric flight you
have to worry about air friction slowing down the
bullets to below the velocity of the firing vehicle -
if the vehicle is very fast and the bullets have
horrid aerodynamic properties.

In space, you are dealing with a vacuum. There isn't a
whole lot of air to create friction and slow down the

Plus, the bullets start out at high velocity relative
to the firer. If the gun at rest sends out the bullets
at 1000 kph (mach 0.8, very slow for anything but a
handgun), and the plane is travelling at 2000kph (mach
1.6), the bullets exit the plane at 3000kph (mach 2.4)
- 1000kph faster than the plane. You need serious air
friction and/or a major acceleration on the part of
the plane immediately after firing for it be a factor.
Add in a SLIGHT turn on the part of the plane.....

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