Discussion in 'Creative Writing' started by AdmiralTigercla, Feb 29, 2012.
Either way it will still be awsome.
Actually, I have a plan to have Dash and Sparkle take a ride into orbit during the resupply trip.
And when they hit the 4 G accelleration at the mid point of SCRAM ascent, when the throttle's opened all the way up... Instead of it being awesome, the accelleration stresses take their tolls on Dash.
She panics and starts screaming, shouting something you'd never think she'd ever shout.
I think of it like this. She likes speed and flying fast, but her fastest has been mach one, and she's never sustained high accelleration forces or experienced anything like a 4 G or greater force outside a short turn.
But during SCRAM ascent, she'd experience physically high G forces for several minutes on end in a direction she's not used to feeling them that high, AND she can't see what's going on. Made worse because Twilight's shouting the mach count translation back to her. (Already had MACH number explained to her. So she knows what Twilight's telling her.)
(Remember, this video is at 3 X speed. Those step intervals are three times longer. But Dash would panic around the mach 15 mark.)
To boldly go where no pony (outside of perhaps the princesses) has gone before.
Twilight is probably gonna have to pull the most adorable puppy eyes look in order to get him to agree with allowing them to ride into orbit. It was one thing to ride from the forest to the hill outside of town. It's a whole other to ride into space in a vehicle not designed with pony anatomy in mind. Twilight will be geeking out the whole time. And I bet Princess Luna will be watching.
Oddly, I can see Twilight being the exact opposite of Dash and loving the ascent.
Yeah, role reversal is part of the fun there. Twilight's acting copilot. (Though she's not allowed to actually TOUCH anything without explicit instructions to do so.) So she's up in the front seat (awkwardly for a pony, but she's managing.) and can see what's going on. So she has a grasp of what's going on and that things are fine.
Dash, used to being the pony in control of her flying, is now flying blind as a passenger, and she's mentally regretting practically begging to come along.
We even find out after ascent that unlike unicorns, Pegasi have phenominal resistance to tasers.
Protection from lightning strikes?
Protection from Lightning Strikes.
What I can't wait to see is how his passaengers react to zero-g environment. I can just see how Twilight tries to tell Dash that you have to use very little force when moving, but she goes "Yeah Yeah", and promptly slams her face into the wall infront of her when she flaps her wings to move. Or even better, how well they can hold on to their lunches when they get the inevitable space sickness.
Now that I think of it, it shouldn't be hard for her to TK herself to "fly without wings" in zero-g (don't know if she had done it in the show but in those circumstances it should be a lot less taxing, if a little trickier). RD gets annoyed because flying is her stuff.
I've read a few fanfictions that incorporate the idea that Pegasi hate not being in control of their flight. It would make sense for that to be true.
OK I'm missing something. When was this last up-dated?
Edit: never mind I found what you guys were talking about.
Also, Twilight feels much safer then she would normally simply because it's a technological means of flight. Dash, on the other hand, feels as if she's in a metal coffin of sorts.
Well, there is one minor issue that gives both ponies the shakes at around mach 20 when Randolph goes to throttle back...
[-- ENGINE ERROR]
[---- TURBOPUMP 7]
That turbopump valve he worked on... Its stuck full open and won't shut. So SCRAM two, (Turbopump seven, right side...) won't throttle back, and at mach 22, the scrams will start to melt. (Technically, they'll melt for half a second, then explode.) He has to shut the inlets before then, but can't while the SCRAMs are firing. So he has to zoom climb and perform a fuel dump.
I'm going to use one of my tracks for when Twilight gets her first view of Equestria from space...
ATC... I hate to say this, but Dash is unlikely to even notice any G-force. Or, should I point out that she's made a 90 degree turn at several hundred MPH in a under a second before, and thus sustained multiple hundreds of G's before. The only thing that might get her is the sustainment of the G-forces.
*listens to the music* Damn that's good... Space, here we are. Twilight, you're one lucky girl, I hope you realize it as much as the readers.
"We are the first ponies other than Princess Luna and maybe Princess Celestia to see Equestria like this."
"Just to be sure, that 'Mach' thingie, that's the number of times we go as fast as a Sonic Rainboom?"
The Pegasus looked down on the planet below: "Dainty is never going to believe me when I'll tell her..."
I'm also not taking everything at face value. Far as I'm concerned, Dash's turn was never THAT extreme. After all, one of the important factors in a turn like that is wing loading and intertia.
Any aircraft attempting such a turn would instantly enter a high alpha, post-stall maneuver because the wings would turn 90 degrees perpendicular to the airflow. And it would keep on going right into the ground.
Aerodynamics do not work even remotely close to any way we can support the scene in its raw state.
The turn as we 'saw' in the episodes cannot be justified by anything other than pure toon physics. And since I'm not operating this story on toon physics, events of that magnitude have to be waved as 'exagerations'.
In this story, the 'sonic rainboom' is not a brilliant flash of rainbow colors... It is a combination of a sonic boom and the condensation wave in the low-pressure area of the shockwave refracting sunlight. Much like this F-22's shock collar.'.
I see another reason for Dash to start panicking. Altitude. What is the max altitude a pegasus, even Dainty, can fly?
"We are WHAT?"
"About 200 miles above the..."
"Air!!! We need AIR!"
Speaking of that....Admiral what kind of life support does the parent ship have or was it deemed cheaper , both mass and cost, to send prepackaged meals with the astronaught?
Another quick question, because I don't know if it's been answered in the topic: is Dainty canon in this story?
And yet at the same time she can circle fast enough to make tornadoes, along with any other suitably fit pegasus. She can also survive smashing into things at speeds sufficient to break one-half to one-meter thick trees in half, crater rock faces and similar feats. I imagine G forces are not as liable to affect her as one would think.
IMHO, those feats are linked to the same Pegasus magic that allows them to move and walk on clouds. It's a common theory explaining the flight capabilities with wings way too small to work. So, when she's doing her crazy moves, RD is covered by her magic, whether she realizes that or not, but in the ship, there's no magic, just big, badass engines accelerating at 4 G. Thus her reaction (after all, it's the first time she's experiencing non-magically-assisted flight, IIRC).
In my personal fanon, RD is to Pegasii what Twilight Sparkle is to unicorns: a magical powerhouse. But here, she's a natural whereas Twi' is a scholar.
Humans can take hundreds of Gs for extremely short periods of time as well (usually, this would be survivors of aeroplane crashes), and walk away. They just can't take it over a sustained period.
It seems strange to single this out and change it for not being realistic, when all the crazy magic stuff Twilight and the princesses do is left the way it is. I see no reason why RD's turn and the Rainboom couldnt simply be handwaved with 'lol Pegasus magic'.
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