[ExI] Orbital skyscraper proposal
pharos at gmail.com
Sun Mar 26 20:54:04 UTC 2017
On 26 March 2017 at 20:41, Brent Allsop wrote:
> That schematic diagram, where they show everything, obviously isn't anywhere
> close to scale. They have the international space station close to Geo, or
> the "Clarke Belt". The distance between those is HUGE.
> And I haven't seen anywhere where they describe how the G force changes.
> Obviously, it would be Zero in GEO. But what would it be on the top
> "FUNERARY" floors? Given the scale it is drawn it appears it would be about
> half a G on the top "FUNERARY" floor. But it probably is much more like .9
> or more G, given the correct scale? Or does the fact that it is orbiting,
> even if only geostationary, change things at that altitude?
The skyscraper seems to be built in sections, so I expect it would be
built one section at a time, checking stresses, etc. as they go along.
You would hardly notice the change in gravity. Even at the height of
the space station you would still weigh about 9/10 normal. They get
zero-G because they are in free-fall around the earth.
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