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 81 
 on: 30 Nov 2021, 04:49 
Started by Tova - Last post by snubnose
Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuum.

Trying to drop a regular satelite on people doesnt work. At all.

Absolutely. Not. Ever.

1. It burns up into the atmosphere

2. The remains, if any, will spread over a wide area

3. You cannot control where exaxtly the remains will hit

4. Also communications satelites are usually in geostationary orbit, 36,000 kilometers above the surface, taking exactly 24 hours for one orbit and thus staying in place over whatever country placed the satelite there. Up there there are simply not enough remains of an atmosphere to slow the satelite down and the satelite wont be able to create enough acceleration to drop to earth at all. Decomissioned communication satelites are placed in a parking orbit, not dropped back to earth.

The infamous rod of thungsten, emerging from a space station in the "safe" area, i.e. still much below the Van Allen belt, about 300 km above the surface, thrown with sufficient acceleration (the most efficient way is to throw it backwards), mentioned in this comic before would work. Though even that thungsten rod of course would require some acceleration ability on its own to target a very specific point on the planets surface, for even minimal movements up high in the atmosphere (caused by the winds up there) of course causes huge differences in what point on the surface will be hit in the end.

 82 
 on: 30 Nov 2021, 02:32 
Started by Tova - Last post by BenRG
Of all things about the comic, the idea of dropping a satellite on someone is what breaks my suspension of disbelief (go figure).

Satellites stay up because they move sideways very very fast. Dropping them instantly would be only marginally easier than putting them into orbit instantly. And I can't think of any viable mechanism to do it, future technology or not, that doesn't break physics.

I don't think that Yay said that they could do it instantly. However, it would be possible to deorbit a satellite gradually by running its RCS motors to exhaustion. In that time, the orbital reconnaissance assets Yay can access could locate Mr Augustus and let Yay fine-tune the burn so that the debris scatter oval would centre over his most likely location at that moment.

Yes, space nerd over-thinking it too.

 83 
 on: 30 Nov 2021, 00:19 
Started by Tova - Last post by oddtail
Of all things about the comic, the idea of dropping a satellite on someone is what breaks my suspension of disbelief (go figure).

Satellites stay up because they move sideways very very fast. Dropping them instantly would be only marginally easier than putting them into orbit instantly. And I can't think of any viable mechanism to do it, future technology or not, that doesn't break physics.

I imagine Yay could use whatever they have at their disposal to decelerate the satellite, but "putting a satellite on a rapidly decaying orbit that will cause it to burn in the atmosphere and, eventually, hitting a target with some of the resulting shrapnel that somehow doesn't get destroyed on reentry" both doesn't have the same ring to it, and seems just as implausible as stopping the lateral movement of a satellite mid-orbit. How do you aim that? At that point, you can't control for how the satellite tumbles in the atmosphere as it breaks apart. And the smallest change makes it go completely unpredictably wild because chaos theory.

Yes, I'm WAY overthinking this. Yay is probably just making a joke. Not that they don't probably have the means to kill someone instantly that they have prepared. That much, I can believe.

 84 
 on: 29 Nov 2021, 23:38 
Started by Tova - Last post by ihaveavoice
Awww. Hey/Spookybot is surprisingly nice at times.

How about now?

They're still being nice to Aurelia. I say it still counts. Also, I quite enjoy the gleeful look on their face as they offer up their own unique super-powerful-collective-consciousness version of, "You want I should rough 'im up for ya?"

 85 
 on: 29 Nov 2021, 23:11 
Started by Tova - Last post by BenRG
Okay, that pretty much confirms what most readers assumed about Claire and Clinton's dad.

Also, if I were Yay, I'd worry that Aurelia has a lot more chemical crutches for dealing with parental challenges than cannabis. That wine looks like it's option 2.

 86 
 on: 29 Nov 2021, 21:54 
Started by Tova - Last post by Gnabberwocky
Wine from a screwtop jar... That's classy!

I think it may actually be a water bottle. Even classier.

 87 
 on: 29 Nov 2021, 21:10 
Started by Tova - Last post by St.Clair
Awww. Hey/Spookybot is surprisingly nice at times.

How about now?

 88 
 on: 29 Nov 2021, 20:37 
Started by Tova - Last post by sitnspin
Judging yourself by standards you'd never expect from someone else is a pretty common mindset. Or so I tell myself.

 89 
 on: 29 Nov 2021, 20:14 
Started by Tova - Last post by shanejayell
Bad Yay! No nuking them from orbit!  :laugh:

 90 
 on: 29 Nov 2021, 19:20 
Started by Tova - Last post by _Islanio
Isn't Aurelia kinda playing the misunderstood victim a little bit? I mean, her disappointment was palpable, she shouldn't be that surprised with her daughter's reaction.
And I understand Claire, kinda wanting something else in life, but strangled by adult life responsibilities. Sleeping bad, working a lot in a stressful job, seeing time fly by. "And then one day you find, ten years have got behind you, no one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun" - Pink Floyd's Time. Very relatable.

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