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Post by Psychedelic Rhino » Tue May 15, 2012 3:13 am

From a BZC thread.

Here's a little dynamic excel spreadsheet I whipped up that calculates interplanetary travel with a constant burn. Anything close to 1g will get you anywhere in the solar system within the time it takes to read a few novels. Try it for anywhere. Remember, a constant burn, then maybe a turnaround coast time of an hour or so, then the opposite 'de-acceleration' of the same duration. I think you'll be surprised. . .

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/8174294/Accelerator.xlsx

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Post by Psychedelic Rhino » Sat Jun 27, 2015 2:07 am

Working through the amazing EXPANSE series done by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. Soon to be given moderately high budget attention by the Sci-Fy channel.

It made me recall this thread where I offered an Excel file to calculate the times. . .

Anyway, the storyline in the series is primarily based on the science that ships have the ability to thrust at virtually any survivable and/or comfortable g for a very prolonged period, allowing travel throughout the solar system in a matter of a few days to a few weeks.

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Post by DeusExCeteri » Mon Jun 29, 2015 12:20 am

Firstly, let me compliment your choice of literature, I've only read up to Caliban's War but it's safe to say I'm hooked! Best space epic that I've had the pleasure of reading, I'd say.

Secondly, thanks for this handy little spreadsheet, I'm a bit surprised I didn't decide to whip something like this up for myself sooner given that I'm trying to write my own space stories. This is sure to come in handy, but not without a quick edit first. No offense to users of the Imperial system but it isn't taught in the schools up here and I can't rightfully wrap my head around it, I know my approximate height in feet but that's about it, so I added a second calculator to the sheet specifically for metric. I know it doesn't take a genius to rework a spreadsheet to use factors of ten instead of Imperial units but I may as well put this out there anyway, maybe someone else will find it useful.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/t7drtrbicpxny ... .xlsx?dl=0

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Post by Psychedelic Rhino » Mon Jun 29, 2015 4:07 am

Thanks for the conversion. It's as you say, I see the imperial system more clearly, but slowly, over the past decade or so, becoming more "hard wired" to metric.

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Post by MrTwosheds » Mon Jun 29, 2015 5:38 pm

I have read the first 4 and am looking out for the 5th. Excellent story telling, thankfully light the info overload of some "hard" SF, a good mix of action and intellect, with an occasional dose of kiddie saving heroism thrown in for good measure. :)
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