How To Slingshot Your Spacecraft : Advanced Space Cowboy Skills [Infographic]
You can use any gravitational source, a planet, a star, or even a blackhole, to DOUBLE your speed, like a slingshot!
This is called “gravity assist” because you use the gravitational field and movement of a planet to add velocity to your own.
The cool part is: it’s FREE!
Just make sure to not get too close to the source…
You can also use gravity assist to DECELERATE your spacecraft -for free-.
Instead of traveling behind the planet, relative to it’s motion in space, you travel in front of the planet. This way the planet’s gravitational pull diminishes your forward speed.
Edgar Asimov Poe writes about the eternal battle between the rational and the emotional mind — in aliens!
Start your interstellar journey here: War of the Sun Gods Foundation.