[LMB] Soletta Physics Demystified

Margaret Dean margdean56 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 5 22:41:21 GMT 2020

On Thu, Nov 5, 2020 at 3:05 PM Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net> wrote:

> > On Nov 5, 2020, at 2:47 PM, Luke Bretscher <rocketman0739 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > 1. An orbit might be considered "relatively" low, even if it were not
> > low enough to encounter atmospheric effects. For Earth, an orbit above
> > the atmosphere is still rather below a geostationary orbit.
> > 2. We must imagine that, at this point in the future, materials
> > science has advanced quite a bit. Rotating a large structure every few
> > hours would probably be achievable.
> > 3. That could be avoided by constant orbital adjustment to keep the
> > soletta's orbital plane orthogonal to the Sun-Komarr axis.
> Our geostationary orbit is where it is because our rotation period is 24
> hours.   What is Komarr’s rotation period?

It's shorter than Earth's (or Barrayar's); Ivan bitches about that several
times in Captain Vorpatril's Alliance. Nineteen hours, is it? That's what
sticks in my mind.

--Margaret Dean
  <margdean56 at gmail.com>

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