My gut impression is that an orbit would negate the feeling of gravity, and that if gravity were to be felt, it would indicate the orbit is decaying; an orbit, in effect, is the speed (or is it velocity?) at which the pull of gravity is effectively 0. So a passive orbit would be out.
I would imagine that for a person within a spacecraft that's in a decaying orbit to feel ~1g, the spacecraft would need to be actively exerting force away from the gravitational pull to maintain that 1g.
Examples would be:
- Spacecraft hovering above Earth's surface (not orbiting), with the hovering actively maintained, results in 1g being felt by the passenger.
- Spacecraft "hovering" at a certain point away from the sun, probably with some kind of decaying(?) orbit actively maintained.
In my mind, the 1st example makes sense.
Something like the 2nd example is what I'm wondering is possible or not.
For answers: I'm mostly looking for a yes/no + expansion|correction.
- A) I'm assuming the force required to actively maintain such a "hover" with 1g force would be, basically, 1g? (~9.8 m/s?) (and where would mass enter the equation, I wonder..?)
- B) Is there existing verbiage for "an actively maintained decaying orbit"?