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Subject: Factory assisted takeoff and landing rss

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Dom Rougier
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I was puzzled by what "Factory assisted landing" could represent. The glossary mentions that this mechanic represents electromagnetic rails, used to propel a payload up to orbital velocity. I couldn't figure out how this helps you land, but then came across this diagram:

(Ignore the spaceplane, ramjets, velocity or overall feasibility for this example - it's the trolley matching speed with the return vehicle that matters here).

The need for the trolley to move at orbital velocity necessarily dictates that the size of sites that you can use this one be limited (smaller bodies have lower orbital velocity). This is modelled, since you can't make use of factory assisted take-off from any site with Lander Burns, and Lander burns only exist on sites Size 6 and up.

The assisted landing then, is essentially orbiting the planet at zero altitude (above the surface), synchronising that with a trolley travelling at orbital velocity and holding on for dear life until the brakes can slow you down.

This might also explain precisely why this is hazardous...

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