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Re: Propellant fluid dynamics at zero-g



I have a old time rado show, "X Minus One" that has the story "The Cold
Equations". It's great!
73
Mike WA6ARA

At 04:51 PM 1/9/01 -0800, you wrote:
>> Of course as propellants are consumed, the mass ratio changes, the
accelleration
>> increases and the vector sum changes.
>> 
>> Ghod, I'm glad I read Heinlein novels as a child, this part almost makes
>> sense...:-)   
>> 
>>  73 de Maggie K3XS
>
>This whole thread reminds me of a science fiction story I read a long
>time ago, called "The Cold Equations."  It was about a pilot of a ship
>that ferried cargo from orbit to a colony on the planet below.  These
>transport ships carried only enough fuel to decelerate the mass of the
>ship, pilot and allocated cargo.  On one of his trips to the surface,
>the pilot discovers an unexpected passenger--the kid sister of a
>colonist who decided that she couldn't wait until her scheduled
>transport to see her brother, and stowed away on the cargo ship.  Her
>extra mass means that he doesn't have enough fuel to land without
>crashing, nor can he abort his descent.
>
>Does anyone remember who wrote this story?
>
>73,
>--Peter, KD7MW
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