Gravitational-assist maneuver[edit | edit source]
Slingshotting is done by passing through a gravity well (it's also good to avoid hitting the atmosphere), but with enough relative velocity to avoid going into orbit. A portion of the momentum of the central body is thus imparted to the slingshotting craft, and if it's a planet, it has a whole lot of momentum to spare. The technique is more formally known as a gravitational assist.
The slingshot maneuver is different from aerobraking, wherein the planet's atmosphere is used to slow down or change the orbit of a spacecraft.
Slingshot racing[edit | edit source]
Slingshot Racing is an illegal, dangerous extreme sport practiced mostly by Belters. The ships they use to race are usually homemade one-person craft that fly through space using only a single thrust of the engine and a carefully plotted course. They compete by "slingshotting" around the gravity wells of planets and other celestial bodies, vying for the fast time across an established circuit. Glory awaits those who survive.
Slingshot circuits[edit | edit source]
- The Grand Tour
- The Jupiter-6 Run
Slingshot racers[edit | edit source]
- Bizi Bitiko burned up with his craft in Saturn's atmosphere in an attempt to break the Grand Tour record.
- Manéo Jung-Espinoza Books • TV set the current record for the Jupiter-6 Run in his ship, the Y Que. He later died in his attempt to be the first slingshotter to shoot through The Ring.
- Julie Mao Books • TV temporarily removed the Epstein drive from her ship, the Razorback, to take part in the Jupiter-6 Run.
- Marco Inaros was a slingshot pilot when he was young.
Slingshot racing ships[edit | edit source]
In the series[edit | edit source]
Slingshotting is a maneuver routinely used by either civilian pilots that wish to save fuel or military pilots who wish to gain an extra amount of velocity and/or wish to rapidly change their direction, as slingshotting is the only way to fly a "right angle" quickly.
Media[edit | edit source]
Events[edit | edit source]
|Evading MCRN blockade over Jupiter AO and Ganymede||"Here There Be Dragons"||25:09||Rocinante||Alex Kamal|
|Enthusiast Club and Gambling Ring||"CQB"||13:40||Piper Scout||the real Bizi Betiko|
|Belter slingshot racing vignette||"Delta-V"||2:48||Y Que||Manéo Jung-Espinoza|
|Description||Book||Chapter & Page||Vessel||Character Participant|
|Extreme sport||Abaddon's Gate||Prologue||Y Que||Manéo Jung-Espinoza AKA Néo|
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