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Monday, April 23rd, 2007

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Space Elevators Do Too Stay Put
In honor of Pixel-Stained Techno-Peasant Wretch Day, I'm showing some engineering work I did for free. This isn't anything I'd actually get paid for, at least not in this decade (or possibly century) but it does show how an engineer can analyze a practical problem.

Back in July, pauldrye wrote a Pyramid article about an alternate history setting for GURPS Infinite Worlds. One colorful detail he included was a space elevator anchored at the equatorial island of Batam.

Fanboys being what they are, someone immediately took offense at this skyhook not being precisely on the equator and claimed it would wind up oscillating north and south. I pointed out the flaws in his logic and it got heated. This is when I wound up flaming someone for dissing centrifugal force. Eventually it was clear I'd have to run the numbers to end the back and forth.
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Current Mood: over-analytical

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