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.

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