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Touring the Solar System with an Orion Spacecraft

Track:
Science
What:
Panel
When:
2:00 PM, Friday 14 Feb 2020 (1 hour)
Where:
3123- Science/History Track
How:
In the 1950's NASA studied the concept of thermonuclear powered spacecraft called Project Orion. It was estimated that a battleship-sized spacecraft could be routinely accelerated to 1000 kM/second.The FIRST part of this panel will be spent explaining how to determine locations of the planets on a given date and how to calculate travel times between them. Also, calculating orbital velocities and rotation rates for space stations