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Online Comics => Escape From Terra => Topic started by: sam on July 08, 2011, 03:12:03 am

Title: No pressure
Post by: sam on July 08, 2011, 03:12:03 am
The tent that the girl scouts are setting up in the current strip appears to have insignificant internal pressure.  Looks like a tent designed for significant gravity and substantial external pressure.

I notice that spacesuit technology has advanced to the point where female space suits resemble a coat of paint.  This is quite plausible, and, given female vanity, inevitable.  The tent, however, is not plausible. It should look like a balloon held down with tent ropes, barely touching the ground.
Title: Re: No pressure
Post by: AUGuru on July 08, 2011, 08:47:36 am
Maybe there is an pressure vessel (balloon) inside the hab, and what we're seeing on the outside is more like a rain fly shell designed to keep the hab in place, and perhaps lightly armored from punctures, radiation, thermally insulated, etc.
Title: Re: No pressure
Post by: Scott on July 08, 2011, 01:51:33 pm
Right. It's a micrometeorite shield.
Title: Re: No pressure
Post by: ContraryGuy on July 14, 2011, 08:59:05 am
Right. It's a micrometeorite shield.

Thats a very intelligent idea.  And a great way to illustrate it.

No wonder sam had a problem with it; its brilliant, he's not!
Title: Re: No pressure
Post by: quadibloc on July 14, 2011, 10:59:18 pm
To me, the tent under discussion looked like a pressure vessel; its shape didn't suggest that it didn't have air inside at a higher pressure than the outside world.

But now that we're told that there is a third level of protection, having a micrometeorite shield on a tent that's inside a dome holding air at a low pressure... seems very odd. And that outer dome was supposed to also be sealing the ground underneath of the tents that were erected first?

The strip makes sense, but this discussion is really confusing me.
Title: Re: No pressure
Post by: dough560 on July 16, 2011, 05:51:43 am
Quad.  An example of belt, suspenders and Velcro.  ContraryGuy is enough to confuse anyone.  Specifically himself.  That appears to be his function in life.  What a waste.