Mecha on flying platforms

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doghunter1
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Mecha on flying platforms

Post by doghunter1 » Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:38 am

Given the fact they ride on aircraft smaller than them (Dodais and Base Jabbers), how exactly can said aircraft's 18m passengers stay on board and not fall off?

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Re: Mecha on flying platforms

Post by Mark-II » Fri Oct 24, 2014 4:49 pm

Well, we use skateboards, surfboards and such where we're much taller than the height of the platform we're riding on. True that they have a stable base, but I'm willing to accept that in general the future will allow lift, hover and attitude control sufficient enough for a 75-ton MS to ride and maneuver atop it.

We recently read about the guys who apparently created a stable-ish hoverboard. Halfway there!

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Re: Mecha on flying platforms

Post by doghunter1 » Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:54 pm

Mark-II wrote:Well, we use skateboards, surfboards and such where we're much taller than the height of the platform we're riding on. True that they have a stable base, but I'm willing to accept that in general the future will allow lift, hover and attitude control sufficient enough for a 75-ton MS to ride and maneuver atop it.

We recently read about the guys who apparently created a stable-ish hoverboard. Halfway there!

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Re: Mecha on flying platforms

Post by Kuruni » Sat Oct 25, 2014 12:43 am

Wait, what exactly is your question? Is it how SFS can has enough power to lift an MS in air, or how MS can stay on SFS without falling off it? Because I think you ask for latter, but Mark-II give an answer for former and it seem to hit the spot.
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Re: Mecha on flying platforms

Post by MythSearcher » Sat Oct 25, 2014 1:52 pm

Staying on seems to be less of an issue, its pretty much the same question as how MSs stay on the outer wall of spinning colonies and not drift off due to momentum.
Magnets, tiny mounts(like the ones used on the Canadarm II) are two possible ways I can think of right now.

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