Comic 193 - 5.. 4.. 3..

12th Jun 2014, 12:00 AM
5.. 4.. 3..
Average Rating: 5 (17 votes)

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Centcomm 12th Jun 2014, 12:00 AM edit delete
And here we go :D!
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JacobJSebastian 12th Jun 2014, 12:05 AM edit delete reply

Very nice. I love the writing in the narration panels.
Centcomm 12th Jun 2014, 2:19 PM edit delete reply

thanky thanky :D
Tokyo Rose 12th Jun 2014, 6:35 PM edit delete reply

Why thank you (says the person who actually wrote it) ;D
Centcomm 12th Jun 2014, 7:09 PM edit delete reply

that kinda goes without saying that you wrote it ( comes with the whole "writer editor thing ) :D :D
jamie59 12th Jun 2014, 12:21 AM edit delete reply

Time to light the candle!
Stormwind13 12th Jun 2014, 6:59 AM edit delete reply

Talk about candle POWER!
Centcomm 12th Jun 2014, 2:19 PM edit delete reply

oh yes - wait till you see the next panel :D
Barreytor 12th Jun 2014, 12:54 AM edit delete reply

Forgive me if I seem out of place.
They're in the big-ass ship there, aren't they?
Sheela 12th Jun 2014, 2:12 PM edit delete reply

They are indeed.

And Galina seems to feel the ship as well.
Almost like it's a living thing.

Hmm .. I wonder if it has a personality ?
It's certainly big enough to have some sort of drive AI.
Stormwind13 14th Jun 2014, 10:14 PM edit delete reply

Any ship or plane has a personality, Sheela. Just ask the pilots of those ships and they will tell you. :-)
Centcomm 12th Jun 2014, 2:20 PM edit delete reply

yep its 300 meters, that's over 600 feet long. its a HUGE ship :D
Laszlo 12th Jun 2014, 4:23 PM edit delete reply
Well, it IS over 600 feet, but truly it is over 900 feet in length. :)
Hydrargyrum 12th Jun 2014, 9:15 PM edit delete reply

It's over 1.49 furlongs, too. ;)

Am I the only one who, considering the pilot, am mildly amused by the amount of comments on this page discussing how big it is?
Sheela 14th Jun 2014, 9:50 PM edit delete reply

Next thing you know, Uncle Avi have taken over the Drive Brain systems and has plotted a course for Hawaii. :D
Tokyo Rose 15th Jun 2014, 7:36 AM edit delete reply


Pilot Burke: Hey, it's fine by me. People always discuss the operational specs of my massive, magnificent hardware.
Hydrargyrum 18th Jun 2014, 9:51 PM edit delete reply

@Burke: That's a'cause ye're too daft to stow yer junk properly. Fix it, would ya?
JacobJSebastian 15th Jun 2014, 11:24 PM edit delete reply

Try 984.252 feet. :D
Mayyday 12th Jun 2014, 1:07 AM edit delete reply
Centcomm 12th Jun 2014, 2:21 PM edit delete reply

yep - :D nice quote :D
Fairportfan 12th Jun 2014, 1:41 AM edit delete reply

Panel Two: Given their eyes, they're on the proper sides of the panel...
Centcomm 12th Jun 2014, 2:21 PM edit delete reply

I would hope so :D
Fairportfan 13th Jun 2014, 1:04 AM edit delete reply

Port red, starboard green...
Sheela 14th Jun 2014, 9:51 PM edit delete reply

Oh heck, I had missed that.
plymayer 12th Jun 2014, 1:50 AM edit delete reply

A big beautiful lady and her name is Luna Star.
Centcomm 12th Jun 2014, 2:21 PM edit delete reply

yes she is :D
mjkj 12th Jun 2014, 3:26 AM edit delete reply

Wow, almost poetic...

...and here we go.

Gali is quite excited - Adventure!!! :D

*hugs Gali*

Centcomm 12th Jun 2014, 2:22 PM edit delete reply

hehe yes it is going to be a amazing ride :D
Timotheus 12th Jun 2014, 4:58 AM edit delete reply
are they tracking for cometary ice and do they have "Nearer my god to thee" on the environmental music selector?
mjkj 12th Jun 2014, 7:18 AM edit delete reply


She is named Luna Star not Titanic... :)
Centcomm 12th Jun 2014, 2:22 PM edit delete reply

true .. lets hope she doesnt crash..
Dragonrider 12th Jun 2014, 2:45 PM edit delete reply

@Timotheus more likely it is either Amazing grace or this one.
US Air Force Hymn

Gods, guard and guide the men who fly
Through the great spaces of the sky;
Be with them traversing the air
In darkening storms or sunshine fair

Thou who dost keep with tender might
The balanced birds in all their flight
Thou of the tempered winds be near
That, having thee, they know no fear

Control their minds with instinct fit
What time, adventuring, they quit
The firm security of land;
Grant steadfast eye and skilful hand

Aloft in solitudes of space,
Uphold them with Thy saving grace.
O Gods, protect the men who fly
Thru lonely ways beneath the sky.
cattservant 12th Jun 2014, 8:53 AM edit delete reply

I bet not Miss Kotko.
CyberSkull 12th Jun 2014, 9:02 AM edit delete reply

So has someone in the future figured out a practical application for the LCARS UI?
Centcomm 12th Jun 2014, 2:22 PM edit delete reply

heh good catch - it looked good so i used it :D
Hornet 12th Jun 2014, 9:49 AM edit delete reply
Nice page over all, really like the txt in the narration panels. However in panel two Gali looks really small compared to her station, like "I can not reach the keyboard to carry out your orders commander" small.
Centcomm 12th Jun 2014, 2:23 PM edit delete reply

the4 console in front of her moves back and forth on a rail so it can move closer she also has controls on the arms of the chair :D
DizzasterJuice 12th Jun 2014, 10:43 AM edit delete reply

Meg: "Stick it up yer jumper"
Jack: "That's what she said... wait, that didn't come out right."
Meg: "That's what he said."

I'm really liking these two.
Centcomm 12th Jun 2014, 2:23 PM edit delete reply

LOL im glad :D
Gabrielli 12th Jun 2014, 3:27 PM edit delete reply
Just to clarify, 300 meters is over 900 feet, not just 600. Just one of those math things :)
Centcomm 12th Jun 2014, 7:10 PM edit delete reply

um meter conversion is 2.2 or 3.3 i forget -- that would explain my error :D
mjkj 12th Jun 2014, 7:21 PM edit delete reply

I do not know how to do that strange foot-and-inch thingy - but I know that 3 feet are almost a meter (as is a yard)
Stormwind13 12th Jun 2014, 9:50 PM edit delete reply

A metre is 39 and 3/8 inches... So it is just over a yard. 300 metres is 11,812.5 inches. :-D

Or perhaps more usefully, 984.375 feet, so pushing 1,000 feet. That is a fair size craft, about the size of a Great Lake Freighter. If you have ever seen one of those, you KNOW how big it is! :-D Or put another way, it is about the size of the Chrysler Building (which is 1,046 feet tall).

Oh and CentComm, 2.2 POUNDS per kilogram, 3.3 feet per metre (if you want to round them). :-)
Mister Black 13th Jun 2014, 9:51 AM edit delete reply

For those lucky enough to have visited San Diego CA, the Luna Star is almost exactly the same length as the USS Midway. (984' for the Luna Star, 972' for CV-41).

Just adding my Cr0.02 to the size comparison list. :-D
Stormwind13 13th Jun 2014, 6:03 PM edit delete reply

I have stood on the deck of the Midway, but didn't remember the length of it. :-)
Quieteyes 14th Jun 2014, 10:22 AM edit delete reply
Actually, since it's 3.28 feet per meter, that rounds to 3.3, not 3.4. Just so you know. :-)
Stormwind13 14th Jun 2014, 9:54 PM edit delete reply

Grrrr... Thank you, Quieteyes. I typo-ed it and didn't even realize I had done so. Fixed now.
HiFranc 25th Apr 2015, 7:09 PM edit delete reply

By definition 1 inch is 2.54 cm.
Katie Wolfe 13th Jun 2014, 3:32 PM edit delete reply

Cent - check out the most in the general discussion forum thread - its a comic competition and i think you might even have something already you could enter into it!!!

(still loving luna star and datachasres btw :) )
Centcomm 13th Jun 2014, 4:40 PM edit delete reply

could you drop a link please?

and thank you very much :D hugs!
Timotheus 13th Jun 2014, 10:19 PM edit delete reply
For the sake of the size discussion, the Titanic was 883 feet (269 meters) long. So the Lunar Star is larger, but not coal powered and probably has enough life boats.
Centcomm 14th Jun 2014, 6:32 PM edit delete reply

actually it doesnt have any "lifeboats" they were deemed pointless. ( anything that requred them would be catastrophic and deadly ...
Timotheus 14th Jun 2014, 6:49 PM edit delete reply
No internal air locks or ship sections designated for being sealed and used as "life rafts" in case of emergency and ship break up? Seems like a design oversight.
Centcomm 14th Jun 2014, 6:54 PM edit delete reply

there are emergency bulkheads and such but no "dedicated" life boats ..
Timotheus 14th Jun 2014, 8:21 PM edit delete reply
I suppose you'd need a lot larger vessel with a much deeper space mission to consider having the mass of a secondary space vessel dedicated just for escape included. Otherwise space suits would have to do for any "temporary" abandon ship situations and "tough luck" for anything worse.
Stormwind13 14th Jun 2014, 10:05 PM edit delete reply

They have so little that could COME to rescue them, Timotheus. I mean, how many torch ships are there and would they be in position to 'do' a rescue of a lifeboat?

At the speeds that Luna Star can achieve, which the lifeboat couldn't counter, a lifeboat might be a slow torturous death. There probably wouldn't be a ship that could intercept or rescue the unlucky survivors. Plus the lifeboat likely isn't large enough to have the supplies to allow any survivors from a catastrophe to survive long enough for any rescuers to get there from Earth.
TheDeepDark 15th Jun 2014, 10:48 AM edit delete reply
Has anyone read C.J. Cherryh's Chanur novels? I'm having trouble finding which book it's in, but I'm reminded of when a damaged ship comes out of jump space unable to drop it's velocity - another incoming jump ship manages to match long enough to save a couple crew, which is nothing short of miraculous by itself to everyone at the station.
Stormwind13 15th Jun 2014, 11:15 AM edit delete reply

I have read all of them, multiple times DeepDark (good series). I remember the incident, but I don't have my copies here with me so I can't look up where it was located. :-(
Tokyo Rose 16th Jun 2014, 8:18 PM edit delete reply

Mister Black and I have had a couple of, um, discussions about this over the past few days. If anybody heard yelling in the alto and baritone ranges, we apologize for the noise. :)

If the ship isn't suffering catastrophic physical failure, you're better off staying with it and waiting for rescue. You're more likely to have enough air, food, etc to wait out the interval without having to eat your cabin boy to survive.

If the ship IS suffering catastrophic physical failure, getting into an escape pod might extend your life slightly, but not by much. If you're in one of the normal traffic lanes, there's a good chance that help will come soon, within hours or days. If not, it could be weeks or months. People tend to die before then (especially if they're the cabin boy, for some reason).

At this point in the DCverse's history, there isn't yet a dedicated "coast guard" patrolling the solar system (or parked and waiting at life stations in the asteroid belt), ready and able to provide aid to distressed ships. That changes some between the time of "Luna Star" and the time of the main "Datachasers" story.
Quieteyes 14th Jun 2014, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
Given that the aft of the ship is pointed <u>directly</u> at the space station, I hope it's a good distance away from it.

Of course, it could simply be in the middle of it's turn. After all, with the position of the station in Earth orbit and the position of it's destination in relation to Earth, there's no reason to think the direction it has to go is directly away from the station. And a big ship like that won't turn quickly (don't want to turn the people at the ends into goo :-) ).
Mister Black 14th Jun 2014, 4:12 PM edit delete reply

Assuming that the Luna Star would pivot around her geometric center, the ends of the ship would undergo circular motion with r=492'. Also assuming that I didn't drop a decimal point somewhere, that comes out to around 1 full revolution every 25 seconds to create 1g at the ends of the hull. So she could 'back flip' through 180 degrees in 12 seconds or so without *damaging* the crew (even though -1g wouldn't be *fun* by any means....
Centcomm 14th Jun 2014, 6:32 PM edit delete reply

hehe nicely put :D
Centcomm 14th Jun 2014, 6:55 PM edit delete reply

Also distance is deceptive here.. The Luna Star is QUITE a distance from the station - the station is JUST that large -
Timotheus 15th Jun 2014, 4:45 AM edit delete reply
And it doesn't have any life boats/escape pods either, right?
Timotheus 15th Jun 2014, 4:48 AM edit delete reply
(I'll be quiet now.)
Mister Black 15th Jun 2014, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

Don't make me whip out the delta-V tables. :-D

All joking aside, it takes a tremendous amount of delta-V (and therefore, fuel) to make any serious change in an interplanetary trajectory. There are places where having a 'space lifeboat' makes perfect the Earth-Moon system, for example, where the delta-V requirements are (relatively) small, and (relative) safety is only hours or days away, they're a great idea. The same thing goes for the asteroid belt, for similar reasons (substituting 'days or weeks' for 'hours or days').

Once you get into the outer system, though, anything that could match velocity with the Luna Star's hypothetical lifeboat would be the same size as the Luna Star (she's 90+% fuel tanks). Insert shameless plug for the "Atomic Rocket / Project Rho" website here.
Stormwind13 16th Jun 2014, 12:17 PM edit delete reply

I see your delta-V tables and raise you a (java-enabled) calculator - here :-D
Mister Black 16th Jun 2014, 9:05 PM edit delete reply

Oooooh! Shiny! :-D *BOOKMARK*

Not sure how to do the high-tech 'embedded link in text' trick, but I'll see your java calculator, and raise you an Atomic Rocket! :-D
Tokyo Rose 16th Jun 2014, 9:07 PM edit delete reply

Stormwind13 16th Jun 2014, 9:16 PM edit delete reply

Nerd used to be a 4 letter word... now it is six figure salaries. :-D
Stormwind13 16th Jun 2014, 9:13 PM edit delete reply

The command is bracket ([) url equal sign (=) the url you want to embed, then close bracket (]) Text of what you want to say for the url followed by bracket ([) slash (/) url and then close bracket (])

Like thus - Atomic Rocket

You can see it also on BB Code which you can thank cattservant for pointing out to me. :-)
HiFranc 25th Apr 2015, 7:15 PM edit delete reply

I was wondering which flavour of BB Code this site used.
Centcomm 15th Jun 2014, 9:19 PM edit delete reply

At Tim-

the station DOES have life pods .. and emergency landing craft.

its close enough to earth / Luna to make them a viable option..
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 15th Jul 2014, 7:34 PM edit delete reply

Her perspective in seeing the ship as almost a living thing is really interesting and very well-written.
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