So i get this video that pops up on my YouTube suggestions talking about spaceX launching a rocket the other day, and in watching the speedometer while the rocket makes it’s way to orbit the thing crossing my mind is “how does that size up to EVE speeds?” figured if anyone else had thought of that or is now curious, i’d post a thread on it.
so lets start with the video:
the link is the cut one minute before it launches, i’ll time stamp accordingly if you wish to follow along. I’ll convert the speed into mph for my fellow Americans then to m/s then TL;DR exactly how fast that is in EVE terms
20:06- first liftoff - 110 km/h - 68.35 mph - 30.56 m/s.
starting out early, right after the rocket achieves lift out of it’s second camera angle, it hasn’t caught anything yet. slowest ships in the eve universe are the titans and freighters, with even the Rorqual topping out at 75 m/s.
21:11 - Max Q - 1308 km/h - 812.75 mph - 363.33 m/s
so CRS-14 is currently having the highest aerodynamic pressure applied to it as that budget Chance Ravinne would explain in the video, we also know that mission control already reported it hit supersonic at around the same time. in terms of speed though, our IRL counterpart has only passed up multiple industrials and the pod at this point. it should be interesting to note the wreathe with a 10mn AB strapped to it can still keep up with it as well as the Zephyr, which at least in the way the eve lore puts it, is the most low-intensity ship in the cluster.
22:46 - Stage 1 separation - 7800 km/h - 4846.69 mph - 2166.67 m/s
so it should be important to note that the ship is decelerating at this point while the second stage engine kicks in, but now our IRL spacecraft has blown past just about everything’s base speeds without modification. it does also pass up a lot of AB fit ships, and maybe even some mwd cruisers? I know i fit a 10mn on a venture once that did close to that reported speed however, we still have one more stage.
29:05 stage 2 cutoff - 27100 km/h - 16839.16 mph - 7527.78 m/s
i thought the rocket would be stopped at max velocity tbh, but as i was watching again chance ravine wannabe states that they conduct this cutoff at orbital velocity… so just how fast is orbital velocity?
we certainly do cut up on a considerable amount of ships this time, and I’m almost certain all “utility” fit ships have been crossed off seeing as an MWD on an ares is 3500, and i got a person to tell me that bump machs are close in speed to stage one separation.
what about a speed fit?
i might just have one that i was told does 10k ms. threw it in pyfa and boom: 9953m/s. i guess we still have some work to do if we want to match eve speed.