Aerobraking At Mars – Flying With TFC

September 10th, 2012 | Posted in video | Comments Off on Aerobraking At Mars – Flying With TFC

So you’re on a flight to Mars and after long months of coasting from Earth you are arriving at Mars.

This is when you find out that the pilot has never attempted the aerobraking maneuver that’s supposed to slow your ship down and put it into orbit around the red planet.

Heck of a time to find out isn’t it? I mean it’s not like you can opt out of the flight or get out and wait for one with an experienced pilot.

Well, don’t be worried. I was at the top of my class in the academy. Ok, so there were 74 people ahead of me I was still close to the top. I sat next to several of them.

And don’t pay any attention to those rumors about me crashing a shuttle. I didn’t really crash you see, I just scraped the control tower a little bit. It only took them two months to fix it and I hear the ship is almost flyable again.

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