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If a Space Station designed around centrifugal forces being essential for gravity was to be constructed similar to the fans of a helicopter blade like the image below, how would it differ from a regular torus design of space settlement?enter image description here

Would building off to the sides cause the centrifuge to dis-align and knock it off course if it was orbiting a planetary body at a stable orbit? Please provide serious answers.

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  • $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is purely a question about the difference between linear momentum and angular momentum, and not particularly about space exploration at all. The question would be identical if you replace the word "space station" with "dumbbell", and so I think this is off-topic for this site. Physics SE is better, though it is likely to have an answer there already. Hint, the answer is no, it would not dis-align and knock it off course. The isolated object's linear and angular momenta would not couple. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Dec 27 '17 at 7:17

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