Tuesday, May 14, 2019

"Artificial Gravity": half-hour explanation explains what it would be like to really live on an O'Neill Cylinder or Stanford Torus


“Artificial Gravity”, by Cool Worlds (same publisher as yesterday) examines the practicality of life under rotational artificial gravity as a “fictional force”.


General relativity maintains that gravitational force and force from acceleration are indistinguishable. That creates the concept of permanent acceleration (until you run out of fuel) as in "High Life". 

But the artificial gravity of a rotation structure (an O’Neill Cylinder or the more modest and narrow Stanford Torus, both associated with “The High Frontier” by Gerald O’Neill) is complicated by the vertical or radial coriolos effect, which would certainly create curve balls in baseball.

He also discusses canal sickness.

Rotational instability is a problem for the O’Neill cylinder but not the torus.

The concepts shown in this film will be very important for my screenplay, "Epiphany", based on my own "Do Ask, Do Tell" books. 

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