Landing

Photo by: Sandra Crook

Professor Vogel gestured at the prototype. “This is it.”

“It looks like an hourglass, honestly,” said Mayor Potts. “Well, what does it do?”

It’s a hyperspace drive,” beamed Vogel.

“But hyperspace drives are massive, room-filling things.”

“Not this!” exclaimed Vogel. “This only takes you a few hundred yards at a time, at a frequency of 38KHz. It’s like stitching through the fabric of space. I made it to Beta Hydri in days!”

“But what caused…?”

“Ah yeah,” sighed Vogel, looking at the line of large holes leading through the city and across farmland. “I need to work on the landing.”
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Author’s notes:

Beta Hydri is a star 24.4 light years away: http://www.solstation.com/stars/bethydri.htm

I didn’t check the numbers so the math is probably in inaccurate. Still, traveling 300 yards 38 Thousand times per second will get you places in a hurry!

Written for the Friday Fictioneers. Look here for the original prompt and links to many other stories: https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/02/17/19-february-2016/

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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37 Responses to Landing

  1. The landing wasn’t a PATCH on Armstrong’s though they were cut from the same cloth!

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  2. I trust he was wearing a helmet and metal caped boots. That’s a dangerous speed to be at. I think the mayor is totally underwhelmed.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Here’s what’s weird about it. The spaceship didn’t actually have any velocity. Its velocity in space-time was zero. However the many hyperspace jumps only made it “appear” to be moving. The holes were made because the spaceship re-appeared in space-time just above ground, thus obliterating the earth in that location. He didn’t actually need a helmet (though he wore one anyway). Freaky stuff, eh?

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  3. Lyn says:

    LOL Yes, yes, again…without the “Ooops” this time πŸ™‚ I always love your Author’s notes and links!

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  4. nonnaci says:

    Can I collect damages from hyperdrive recklessness? πŸ™‚

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  5. Joy Pixley says:

    Hm, seems like there are still some kinks to be worked out of his prototype!

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  6. List of X says:

    The professor will need to improve the frequency or the distance of the jumps, because my math tells me that he’ll only travel at about 3.4% of light speed.
    Which is still pretty useful if you need to get to work during the rush hour.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Okay, you force me to run the numbers. Yeah, that distance will have to improve. I needed the holes to be close together for an amusing visual. Going forward, Even at 30Km per jump, the relative speed works out to 3.4c. At that rate it would still take 7 years to get 24.4 lightyears to Beta Hydri. Yep. That frequency needs to improve. Good eye!

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      • List of X says:

        If you increase the frequency by the factor of 100,000, the trip would take about 2 days.
        Also, it’s possible that the jumps become longer where the gravitational field is weaker.

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      • EagleAye says:

        I originally envisioned 38MegaHertz. I didn’t want to be greedy. I should have gone with my first instinct. And yeah, between star systems it would make sense that individual jumps are longer. Closer to a gravity well, you’d need finer control anyway so smaller jumps would make sense.

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  7. Carolyn Page says:

    My head’s spinning… Beta Hydri can wait… πŸ˜‰

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  8. Dear Eric,

    Math Shmath. I was entertained. Bummer of a landing though. πŸ˜‰

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  9. ceayr says:

    I have to agree with Rochelle.
    No really, I do or she beats me with a slightly used haggis.
    The story is fun, the maths (with an ‘s’) irrelevant.

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  10. jellico84 says:

    HaHa… love the ending! Work on the landing..haha…. I’ve always said, any landing you walk away from is good…. LOL!

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  11. liz young says:

    Funny – at least he landed in one piece each time!

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  12. oldentimes says:

    I loved your little tale!

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  13. gahlearner says:

    Even if it’s a bit slow for Beta Hydri (I wouldn’t know) it still would come in handy to travel within the solar system. Mars, here we come. Pluto, watch out… Fun story.

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  14. Hilarious, Eric. That reminds me of Indiana Jones when his dad says be didn’t know Indiana could fly and Indy says, “Fly yes, land no”. Well done. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! Yes, that was a great scene. When you come down to it, landing can be a whole lot trickier than the flying part. It may be the most essential part of flying. πŸ˜‰ Glad you got a laugh. Thanks much, Suzanne! πŸ™‚

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  15. Dave says:

    625449600 m/sec. 2.086+ C (lights). Einstein says you can’t go that fast.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yep. That’s the beauty of it. As far as we know you simply cannot go faster than light. So you have to go “around” it. With this system, the ship actually has zero velocity in relation to normal space. So it isn’t violating the speed of light. It’s making hyperspace jumps that give it an “apparent” speed that is faster than light. Crazy stuff, eh?

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  16. Dave says:

    Yuck, think I got yards/minute (bizarre way to measure anything) instead of per sec, Never mind.

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  17. R. Todd says:

    He should call the prototype, the albatross.

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  18. Lori Carlson says:

    Fascinating story… love the ending, gave me quite a chuckle πŸ™‚

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