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Not a lot to say this week, other than Happy Passover to any and all who are celebrating.
So. How many more times can Nelson order the crew around of a ship she is NOT in command of before the Captain, who’s authority she’s undermining with each order, slaps her down with a cold fish? Might be her project, doesn’t change the fact it isn’t her ship, or crew, who aren’t under her command. It’s just being used to test the jump drive. Hell, not sure from cast page, are they even in the same service? At any rate, she’s rubbing some one else’s rhubarb.
With explosive decompression always a possibility, I always wonder why the crew of these ships aren’t always in “emergency suits”. That is to say, a uniform that quickly become an emergency suit should the pressure suddenly drop to zero. Not meant to be used as a standard EVA suit (couldn’t handle the radiation), but would keep you alive in emergencies.
That and a magnetic grapple line that can be fired to keep you from floating away. Just a thought.
We don’t keep modern-day astronauts in space-suits at all times – the suits will tend to be uncomfortable (since the material doesn’t breath) and awkward (since you’re prioritizing not dying over things like going to the bathroom and seeing all the displays). It’s better to keep the ship solid enough that the crew can be comfortable 90-99% of the time, and train them to get in decompression suits in double-time when they need to (since it’s a big ship, it’s unlikely that a sudden hole will cut off more than one room and the ship might even deploy ‘platelets’ to quickly patch leaks in the event of decompression). As far as why they aren’t in decompression suits for this jump, I would assume that it’s because the first jump didn’t give them cause to believe that they need them.
Sleel: That may be how it is done here and now. However, TerSA has pretty clearly given Scavina command of the ship for the duration of the experiment. I expect that giving command of the ship to Scavina was probably part of ther deal that TerSA worked out with Interplanetary Patrol for access to the engines.
We see that on page 6 of Book One when Fusella holds up her hands and says to Scavina “I officially turn command of the Galaxion over to you.” Then on page 28 of the same book, Scavina belays Fusella’s orders the crew and says “The experiment is not yet over, Captain Mertier. Until such time, please remember that I am still in command.” Fusella does not contradict that statement.
I’m sure that Fusella would love to slap Scavina upside the head with a fish. But that doesn’t change the fact that the ship doesn’t belong to her. It belongs to TerSA. And, for whatever reasons, TerSA has given command to Scavina for the duration.
Also Fusella’s got more sense than to pick that fight in the middle of a genuine crisis.
And now I’m having flashbacks to my trans-Atlantic research cruises (aboard a 200 foot NOAA ship). We were all assigned survival/floatation suits in the event of abandoning ship. Thank goodness we only had to try them on once at the beginning of the cruise and not don them every time there was an abandon ship drill – they were hot, awkward and awful. We referred to them as “Gumby suits”, because we looked and felt roughly like the character while in them (only they were red/orange, not green). I was especially comical in mine because I’m small and so had several extra inches of material over my arms and legs.
Dun dun dunnnn!
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