So I’ve been running some numbers.
At a best guess from the nav data available, Gutpunch had 18.5 hours1 to run at standard cruising acceleration, 9.6 standard gravities effective2. That in turn implies that I need something approaching six million m/s of delta V effective to make zero-zero with the Kerjejic stargate.
These are not happy numbers.
Actually, let me rephrase that: these numbers represent a six-species clusterfuck at a Clajdíän clambake.
The candle plan will not work, obviously, hope and head injuries notwithstanding. Samildán could bring his traveling Heaven alongside and hand me a dreadnought-sized fusion torch with all the trimmings, and I couldn’t squeeze 6e6 out of it. That’s why we had to learn to cheat in the first place.
I need a vector-control core. So let’s hope Kirchev parked the cutter facing aft the last time out.
I have half a cutter. Snapped in two at the shear line, clean as you like. Not, however, the half with the core in it.
I also have two racked tactical observation platforms, neither of which has a core, along with some spare parts racks, tools, and plenty of debris. Everything I could need to build a candle, if that would help.
I need a new plan.
- 20 of your Earth hours, for anyone who wants to check my numbers.3
- 9 of your Earth gravities.
- I always wanted to use one of your Earth “of your Earth”s.