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brianok
2001-Nov-08, 04:16 PM
On a spaceship with artificial gravity like one of the Star Trek vessels, wouldn't space debris be attracted to and start sticking to the top of the spaceship?

Valiant Dancer
2001-Nov-08, 05:18 PM
On 2001-11-08 11:16, brianok wrote:
On a spaceship with artificial gravity like one of the Star Trek vessels, wouldn't space debris be attracted to and start sticking to the top of the spaceship?

Nope. The artificial gravity is supposed to be imposed by little "gravitron" emitters. These "gravitrons" don't penetrate the hull of the ship.

(If you get enough of these gravitrons together in a doobie, you can smoke it. [:)] )

Check out the gravitron particle

ToSeek
2001-Nov-08, 06:05 PM
On 2001-11-08 12:18, Valiant Dancer wrote:

On 2001-11-08 11:16, brianok wrote:
On a spaceship with artificial gravity like one of the Star Trek vessels, wouldn't space debris be attracted to and start sticking to the top of the spaceship?

Nope. The artificial gravity is supposed to be imposed by little "gravitron" emitters. These "gravitrons" don't penetrate the hull of the ship.

(If you get enough of these gravitrons together in a doobie, you can smoke it. [:)] )

Sounds as if whoever came up with this concept was smoking something. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif

Mr. X
2001-Nov-08, 07:53 PM
I think the real life name of those hypothetical gravity particles are "gravitons" instead of "gravitrons".

From some physics site:

<u>Graviton</u>
The graviton is the exchange particle for the gravity force. Although it has not been directly observed, a number of its properties can be implied from the nature of the force. Since gravity is an inverse square force of apparently infinite range, it can be implied that the rest mass of the graviton is zero.

David Hall
2001-Nov-09, 04:37 AM
Well, I'd think that if you can design artificial gravity, you can arrange it so that it won't cause any external problems. If you're unable to adjust the range of your system, then just put a layer of AG plates on top of the ship with a force directed to counteract the ones generating the gravity inside. Problem solved. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif

GrapesOfWrath
2001-Nov-11, 06:52 PM
On 2001-11-08 14:53, Mr. X wrote:
I think the real life name of those hypothetical gravity particles are "gravitons" instead of "gravitrons".

Yeah, even the website that he linked to said that they were gravitons, not gravitrons.

Mr. X
2001-Nov-11, 09:54 PM
Well it would be "amoosing" to show some of the funny consequences it would have to have imperfect gravity generation!

Such as a huge ship passes overhead but is accelerated towards the top of the ship underneath at 9,81 m/s^2! /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_lol.gif