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Lomn wrote:So that I don't clog Gunbunny's thread, here's a side question related to building stuff in remote places.
I have a mobile construction facility way out at the back end of nowhere. I ship it some stuff to build, which will be a two-month process. I lease the CFN FT on month 0 (before construction begins). Being a cheapskate, I don't want to pay for that FT to sit on its butt for the next two months, so:
(1) Can I just dump the stuff into space and let it sit while the construction facility does its thing?
Yes, orbital drift is an issue; the stuff will float away. A couple of solutions are evident. (A), the construction facility drifts with it (either DF-down for true drift or DF-up but not using the stationkeeping position correction). (B), a tractor beam is used to periodically grab-and-reposition the bits; even Ta has a lot of space to work within a tH.
(2) Assuming that the (1A) drift-and-build method is used, the base is complete two months later and has drifted 2 sH clockwise from where construction began. We've discussed at some point in the past that stationkeeping drives effectively mean a unit with such has a speed of 1 sH/month (because that's the orbital drift to be offset), but could this base use its stationkeeping drive to move counterclockwise (i.e. against the flow of orbital drift) to get back to the initial position after two months?
This bit isn't really make-or-break; option one is to just have a T system in-place to drag the base where it needs to go; option two is to start construction "upstream" of the intended destination so that the base comes on-line at the right spot.
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