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Is it possible for an Orion drive-based spaceship to experience smooth artificial gravity?

Dan suggested lots of pulses per second. Using lasers to create fusion in pellets might offer a route to large numbers of small pulses through thermonuclear fusion. Do lots of tiny 'bombs' still count ...
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Is it possible for an Orion drive-based spaceship to experience smooth artificial gravity?

You need to realize that the ship is not accelerated by the atomic blast, it is accelerated by the springs(*) that exist between the push plate and the ship. I.e. while the push plate experiences ...
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Is it possible for an Orion drive-based spaceship to experience smooth artificial gravity?

Wikipedia's long article says: The pusher plate would be mounted on large two-stage shock absorbers that would smoothly transmit acceleration to the rest of the spacecraft. A diagram there confirms ...
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Is it possible for an Orion drive-based spaceship to experience smooth artificial gravity?

The short answer is to use a lot of pulses/second. They'll more or less average out into a steady(ish) push. That's why a 12 cylinder engine vibrates far less than a 1 cylinder engine.
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How to calculate azimuth and elevation angles from satellite point of view of a ground station?

I don't know if you still need an answer but for a similiar problem, I've appplied a procedure shown by D.Vallado in sec. 3.2.3 and 4.4.3 of its "Fundamentals of Astrodynamics and Applications&...
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Spacecraft Disaster

I suspect you are talking about the Soviet N1 rocket, which was a heavy launcher in their moon program. The N1 was plagued by problems, and never had a successful launch, instead there were 4 ...
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