Comic 194 - Three stars..

17th Jun 2014, 12:00 AM
Three stars..
Average Rating: 5 (11 votes)
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jamie59 17th Jun 2014, 12:46 AM edit delete reply

6X her normal acceleration. That's going to be a lot to endure.
Centcomm 17th Jun 2014, 4:22 PM edit delete reply

oh its a E - ticket ride for sure :D
DizzasterJuice 17th Jun 2014, 2:13 AM edit delete reply

I love how you did the engine effects and the ship's lighting.
Tokyo Rose 17th Jun 2014, 3:31 AM edit delete reply

Cent is constantly raising the bar on the visuals. Sometimes I fall short on the writing, trying to keep up. :D
mjkj 17th Jun 2014, 6:19 AM edit delete reply

Well, let me say this, Rose, you did a great job here - it is almost poetic:

I could feel the engines
throbbing, speeding up
like a runner's pulse

a roar as the throttle pushed
one gee burn
not so gentle

shoved back into the seat
shortened my breath
the roar built up

vibrating in my bones
engines went to full
three stars burning

pushing us away from home
into the unknown

Well, seems like a poem to me - titled "The Lunar Star" or maybe "Three Stars" - (c) CC and TR ;)

Centcomm 17th Jun 2014, 4:24 PM edit delete reply

heh - and im trying to match your writing so we are both reaching higher..
Centcomm 17th Jun 2014, 4:23 PM edit delete reply

Thank you the Engine effects are a combo of props and postwork in Phototshop - Thank you kindly :D
mjkj 17th Jun 2014, 3:17 AM edit delete reply

Here they go...

*hugs Galina*

...have a great trip.

@alt text: Boom?
Oh, that meant ignition...

Tokyo Rose 17th Jun 2014, 3:31 AM edit delete reply

Yes, it meant ignition, not "And then everything exploded the end" :D
anonymous coward 17th Jun 2014, 4:23 AM edit delete reply
Speaking as a cynic, curmudgeon, and practitioner of, "sarcasm, dramatic irony, metaphor, bathos, puns, parody, litotes and... satire," that would make a pretty cool joke and it might be even funnier if was really how the story ended.
Tokyo Rose 17th Jun 2014, 8:04 PM edit delete reply

If only the timing had lined up right and we'd been able to do that for April Fool's Day. :)
mjkj 17th Jun 2014, 6:06 AM edit delete reply

*is relieved*
Centcomm 17th Jun 2014, 4:25 PM edit delete reply

smirks at Anon - Funny guy.. yeah that would be a horrid let down .. and probably get me Lynched..
Stormwind13 17th Jun 2014, 6:14 PM edit delete reply

No probably to it, CentComm! :-D
highlander55 17th Jun 2014, 7:11 PM edit delete reply

If that happened what would the next few months be about? Recovery? BORING!!!
cattservant 17th Jun 2014, 3:54 AM edit delete reply

The beginning of every voyage is a leap in the dark!
Centcomm 17th Jun 2014, 4:25 PM edit delete reply

yes it is..
JacobJSebastian 17th Jun 2014, 7:51 AM edit delete reply

Rose, you are an awesome writer, don't ever think different, or apologize for your writing. and a 1 G burn is only going to shock you when it first happens, after all, it IS just normal earth gravity!
Stormwind13 17th Jun 2014, 6:16 PM edit delete reply

I'm with Jacob, Rose. Don't apologize for your wonderful writing. The story wouldn't be the same without your words. Just as it wouldn't be the same without CentComm's wonderful art. :-)
Hydrargyrum 18th Jun 2014, 10:04 PM edit delete reply

+1, as usual, on the writing and art. I'm curious about the cockpit geometry, however. Normally habitable space a torch ship like the Luna Star would be oriented so acceleration resulted in downward force on the occupants, not back. There's gravity in the cockpit, presumably from grav generators as the bridge seems to be nestled into the front of the Luna Star (page 201) before the engines light off. And from the text, it doesn't seem like any of the acceleration's being nulled out. Seven or eight days (page 187) of herky jerky 1 G sideways is a long ride each way.

Also, I got a bit curious and did the math. Four days at 1 G acceleration, flip, four days at 1 G deceleration works out to the respectable average speed of 0.0056c, traversing 1.17 billion km over eight days. I didn't check the alignment of orbital eccentricity between the two planets but minimum possible distance from Earth to Saturn with them both at perihelion is 1.22 billion km. So, unless I'm missing something significant (I'm rather sure my being a fussbudget about this is insignificant), page 187 should say eight to ten days.

Or 1 G is a warm up and Luna Star is going to run at substantially more than that. Most seven or eight day transits would require close to 2 Gs. Ooof.
Mister Black 19th Jun 2014, 9:20 AM edit delete reply

Minimum-distance Earth->Saturn, assuming a 1G brachistochrone trajectory is a 17.24 day round trip, rounded up to 8 days one-way.

They're starting out with a considerable velocity, and can pick up another healthy chunk using a slingshot around Terra on the way out.
Hydrargyrum 20th Jun 2014, 2:18 AM edit delete reply

I think you mean rounded down to eight days; half of 17.24 is 8.62. Which is a brachistochrone transit distance of 1.36B km. Little bit towards the convenient end of the 1.2 to 1.7B km range; handy that.

Saturn's orbital velocity is 9.7 km/s and Earth's 29.8 km/s so the velocity match is in the 20-40 km/s range---Earth being substantially closer to the sun is a hindrance rather than a help. But the delta v is near negligible as it's 1.1 to 2.2% of the transit's average velocity of 1826 km/s. Slingshotting Earth's good for something like, what, an extra 5 km/s? That's 8.5 minutes of acceleration for the Luna Star. So, depending on geometry, it's probably faster to skip the slingshot.

I don't mean to sound nitpicky here. I'm just used to working with solar sails where getting an acceleration above 1mm/s^2 takes a pretty stripped down payload. So the Luna Star is fun to do maths on simply for the absolutely insane amount of thrust it has (see here for a taste---note velocity match isn't included).
Skydog88 17th Jun 2014, 9:33 AM edit delete reply
Awesome sequence, my friends, visuals and poetry both. I so want to be where Gali is sitting now!
Especially like that Gali appears to be vibrating in panel 2. Nice touch, Centcomm!
Centcomm 17th Jun 2014, 4:26 PM edit delete reply

thank you - i debated on how to show that.. and just went with a motion blur glad it worked :D
Centcomm 17th Jun 2014, 4:23 PM edit delete reply

heh didn't even realize it can thank Rose for that...
highlander55 17th Jun 2014, 7:09 PM edit delete reply

At least she didn't wonder if she left the lights on at home!
Timotheus 17th Jun 2014, 4:35 PM edit delete reply
So which would you say is the best getting underway music, "Star Trekkin'", "We're Off to See the Wizard", or "Paint Your Wagon"?
Stormwind13 17th Jun 2014, 6:18 PM edit delete reply

Well I don't think Luna Star has a reverse gear, Tim. So I'm voting for Star Trekkin. :-D
velvetsanity 17th Jun 2014, 9:24 PM edit delete reply

I vote for Magic Carpet Ride
Stormwind13 17th Jun 2014, 9:33 PM edit delete reply

Oooohhhh... That is a GOOD one, velvet. I wouldn't object to that one either.

If we are adding songs though, I might also suggest Runnin' Down A Dream by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Another one could be Born To Run by the Boss! :-)

I could see either of Golden Earrings hits too, Radar Love or Twilight Zone working pretty well. :-)

My last suggestion would be Hot Rod Lincoln by Commander Cody & his Lost Planet Airmen.
Mister Black 18th Jun 2014, 11:14 AM edit delete reply

I'm going to show my age here, and make a really old school (or, as we put it when I was a lad, Aulde Schoole) suggestion from 1975.

From Kansas' "Masque" album, Side 1, Track 3: Icarus/Borne on Wings of Steel.
Centcomm 18th Jun 2014, 12:55 PM edit delete reply

another good one :D Thank you Mister Black :D
Stormwind13 18th Jun 2014, 7:35 PM edit delete reply

I have to say Mr. Black, despite liking Kansas' music I have NEVER heard Icarus (Borne on Wings Of Steel). Interesting song, but it didn't give me a feel of going to space. Or blasting into the unknown. :-)
anonymous coward 18th Jun 2014, 10:02 PM edit delete reply
Since we're all showing off, "Niche-er than thou," interests allow me to share something that 1) should evoke the feeling of blasting off into the unknown/space AND be something nobody else would point you at:
Stormwind13 18th Jun 2014, 10:19 PM edit delete reply

VERY nice, anon. :-) I have heard the audio somewhere in the past, but not the music with it. :-)

Oh and this might work too - Bee :-D
anonymous coward 20th Jun 2014, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
I'm not sure if that works, but I will give it that it's a very good version.
cattservant 17th Jun 2014, 7:58 PM edit delete reply

Then she will polish prose.
Timotheus 17th Jun 2014, 10:20 PM edit delete reply
One that would probably fit the genre' as background music considering the plot and theme would be "Telestar" for those who might remember it.
Stormwind13 17th Jun 2014, 10:27 PM edit delete reply

Good song, Tim. I didn't remember the name of it, but recognized it when it played.

And I actually got looking at my songs and found one that would be REALLY appropriate... Rocket Man by Elton John. :-)
Centcomm 18th Jun 2014, 12:52 PM edit delete reply

Actually Rocket man was what I was listening to when doing these pages :D
along with Major Tom by Shiny toy guns and David Bowie :D
Stormwind13 18th Jun 2014, 6:10 PM edit delete reply

I thought about Space Oddity by David Bowie (and Major Tom (Coming Home) by Peter Schilling), but it didn't seem right. I mean, it was primarily about orbiting the Earth, not blasting away from it. :-)

Still they have the 'space' feel so I guess they would be good to play while working on (in) space. :-D
Centcomm 18th Jun 2014, 6:52 PM edit delete reply

yes .. a few by VNV nation .. and yes even Magic carpet ride would work ( for the blast off :D )
anonymous coward 18th Jun 2014, 10:06 PM edit delete reply
Void Sensor by Zeropage could work, although it may be a bit too relaxed. Perhaps it would fit better for the veteran pilots in the cabin with Galina more than for Galina herself?
Timotheus 17th Jun 2014, 10:37 PM edit delete reply
Quieteyes 21st Jun 2014, 11:07 AM edit delete reply
For a non-lyrical choice, you could do Holst's "The Planets".

An even better choice might be the one done by Isao Tomita as that sounds like a rocket ship.
JacobJSebastian 18th Jun 2014, 9:52 PM edit delete reply

dang. now I got to make a 'going to space' playlist. (I almost said mix tape... shows my age...)
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