Friday, November 30, 2018
"O'Neill Tennis": Non-extreme sports for residents or a rotating space station with only artificial gravity
“O’Neill Tennis 1.02” from IBM Math and Physics, shows how sports would work on a rotating space station habitat.
The game designer simulates a tennis serve and game on a court inside an O’Neill cylinder (space station)
When the ball is in flight, the rotation of the space station has no effect on it, which is a problem with the way people understand artificial gravity. It moves in a straight line but appears to curve because of the motion of the station.
What would be interesting would be baseball batting cages: pitching and hitting home runs in an O’Neill stadium. Bryce Harper could set up a lab in his Las Vegas home before a Super Bowl party on Facebook Live. Not sure how well NFL football would work, either.