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Surviving the Meteors

Discussion in 'Survival' started by Leadfootslim, Apr 3, 2014.

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  1. Aurenian Apprentice Engineer

    Hiding on the dark side is only valid because the meteoroids unrealistically come from one direction.

    If you can't have anything in the sun(solar panels) and the only way to fight them is to cancel them out by hiding, what's the point having them on at all?
  2. Shiliski Apprentice Engineer

    You guys are not giving the scaffolding idea enough credit.

    There are two things that need to be considered here. First off, for any metal grid, if the space between grid lines is smaller than the size of the meteor (which for most cases it is) then the meteor WILL hit that grid if it tries to pass through it. It's simple math. There is no possible configuration that lets you put a large meteor through a small hole. Also, even for meteors that happen to be smaller than the grid spacing, there's still a good chance that it'll hit the grid. So realistically the grid will catch the majority of all incoming meteors and the few that manage to get through will be tiny and thus less damaging.

    Secondly, yes a meteor will tear through a thin metal grid. The point of the grids is to be sacrificial. However, what you aren't considering is this: Even if the meteor wouldn't be destroyed by the grid, every impact that happens to the meteor is going to push it in one direction or another. Since the grid lines are unlikely to hit the center of mass (since center of mass is a specific point) then it's far more likely that the grid lines will not only cause the meteor to spin, but it will also push the meteor away from itself (since the side of the meteor is pushing into it) and thereby deflect it to one side or another. The spinning in of itself doesn't make much of a difference, but the deflection does.

    You can see this by flying a ship into a wall at a 45 degree angle. It's gonna damage the wall, but it's also going to bounce off and go a separate direction entirely.

    That means that, even if meteors were to continue thorugh scaffolding as they realistically would, they should still be deflected so that they fly right past your base, missing it by a sizable amount, instead of right through.

    So while scaffolding shouldn't actually destroy meteors, it should, and realistically would, still defend your base. This is a realistic solution to an unrealistic problem.

    Of course, that's assuming we're using SE meteors in our example. In reality you'd have tiny little pebbles flying at a bajillion meters per second and they'd rip through your stuff like a bullet.
  3. BonusPoints Trainee Engineer

    I am surviving the meteors by building my base within a large asteroid rock. The asteroid is hallowed out from end to end to fit different size ships in it. The asteroid was auto generated and has endless ores to mine inside of it. So far so good the meteors can't touch me.

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