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His absolute velocity is much greater than that of someone standing on the surface.
We can see this by looking at the two circles:
One circle is much larger than the other - the circumference is much greater - therefore the orbiting person has to be traveling faster in order to complete his circle in the same time as the person on the ground.
Somehow this excess velocity has to be shed so that the orbiting person can reach the ground and end up traveling at the same velocity as a person standing on the ground.
I don't know how 6 managed this. I think that we assume that he shed a lot of velocity as heat caused by atmospheric breaking. I don't know how much delta-V is required to get down low enough for atmospheric breaking to have a significant impact. What I mean is that he probably required rockets just to get low enough for the atmosphere to get hold of him.
Otherwise it may have taken months or years to deorbit him - years of drifting before the atmosphere got a good grip on him.
I liked Quirel's suggestion that the ship was in a Star Trek style, "standard orbit" - an 'orbit' where you aren't going fast enough to remain in orbit once your engines are switched off.
I also liked his description of the reentry pack and how it worked.
As Cody points out - it may not be enough. It bugged me at the time but I've moved on a long time ago. I don't care these days.
|Noble Six's jump redux||Cody Miller||11/21/13 2:58 am|
|Re: Noble Six's jump redux||Quirel||11/21/13 3:58 am|
|Also||ZackDark||11/21/13 8:09 am|
|RE: Also||Quirel||11/21/13 12:15 pm|
|Fantastic! *NM* *NM*||asa||11/21/13 1:08 pm|
|Nope, it'd be moving faster||padraig08||11/21/13 9:33 am|
|Re: Noble Six's jump redux||Ragashingo||11/21/13 8:57 pm|
|Re: Noble Six's jump redux||Cody Miller||11/22/13 2:42 am|
|Re: Noble Six's jump redux||Ragashingo||11/22/13 6:17 pm|
|I was hoping he was trying to be funny there... *NM*||ZackDark||11/22/13 8:47 pm|
|Re: Noble Six's jump redux||Cody Miller||11/22/13 11:31 pm|
|Re: Noble Six's jump redux||Ragashingo||11/22/13 11:38 pm|
|John Did It.||Morpheus||11/23/13 12:21 am|
|Re: John Did It.||Stephen L. (SoundEffect)||11/23/13 10:57 am|
|Re: John Did It.||scarab||11/23/13 12:12 pm|
|Re: John Did It.||uberfoop||11/23/13 12:36 pm|
|Re: John Did It.||scarab||11/23/13 5:01 pm|
|Re: John Did It.||Cody Miller||11/23/13 6:00 pm|
|Re: John Did It.||Quirel||11/23/13 6:07 pm|
|Re: John Did It.||Stephen L. (SoundEffect)||11/23/13 9:21 pm|
|Re: John Did It.||uberfoop||11/23/13 6:21 pm|
|Re: John Did It.||Stephen L. (SoundEffect)||11/23/13 9:27 pm|
|Re: John Did It.||Quirel||11/24/13 12:45 am|
|Re: John Did It.||scarab||11/24/13 8:18 am|
|Re: John Did It.||thebruce0||11/25/13 3:25 pm|
|Re: John Did It. *img*||thebruce0||11/25/13 3:54 pm|
|Re: John Did It.||Stephen L. (SoundEffect)||11/26/13 11:26 am|
|Re: John Did It.||ZackDark||11/26/13 11:37 am|
|Re: John Did It.||Stephen L. (SoundEffect)||11/26/13 7:06 pm|
|Re: John Did It.||ZackDark||11/26/13 7:43 pm|
|Re: John Did It.||Ragashingo||11/26/13 9:54 pm|
|Re: John Did It.||Stephen L. (SoundEffect)||11/26/13 10:08 pm|
|Apollo 13's problem wasn't quite the same||ZackDark||11/25/13 6:04 pm|
|They Have A Point...||Morpheus||11/22/13 12:11 am|
|He wouldn't even make it to burning||General Battuta||11/23/13 9:33 am|
|Re: He wouldn't even make it to burning||General Battuta||11/23/13 9:35 am|
|Re: Noble Six's jump redux||CHa0s||11/24/13 2:27 pm|