Jonathan_S wrote:Did I? Guess I forgot. And it's a lot easier to remember the book quotes were they just give you the numbers.

Agreed, the book quotes are usually easier. Your calculations were done in the topic about Ghost Rider compensators (July 2016 actually), and your math came out with ~20000 gravs then too.

In another post in 2017, we got off-topic (like usual) about Eridani violations and were discussing Hermes buoys, and I again brought up the observed timers about Mobius, acceleration and the Hermes buoy being deployed at the exact moment the GR drones were decelerating to Mobius.

In ~2.5 hours a Hermess Buoy zipped ahead of Terekhov's makeshift squadron and made a close approach to the Solly destroyers in orbit of Mobius also undetected. But I don't think we have nearly enough information to figure their possible accel curve.

Here's what I can determine if you wanna take a pass:

-Terekhov's distance was again 215.9 million km, starting velocity was 913 KPS, and acceleration of 5.7 KPS squared.

-9 minutes later they're upwards of 4000 kps (not very exact I know), Sollies specifically mention

three hours and fourteen minutes to a zero/zero intercept with the planet…and us, of course. Turnover in about an hour and a half. Velocity at turnover will be right on thirty-five thousand KPS.

More datums for (trying to) calculate Hermes Buoy acceleration & stealth profile:

Quentin Saint-James had reentered normal-space twenty-six minutes earlier. During that time, she’d increased her n-space velocity to just over ninety-four hundred kilometers per second and traveled just under 7.8 million kilometers towards the planet officially designated Mobius Beta.

The Ghost Rider drones had to close from 96 light-seconds to 92 to detect the Solly ships, and Helen made her suggestion involving Hermes Buoys within approximately 5 minutes of that happening.

Terekhov regarded her thoughtfully for a moment, then nodded. “Works for me,” he said, and smiled at Pope. “And now that Ensign Zilwicki has so masterfully summarized her proposed approach, let’s give some thought to making it work most effectively.”

We don't know how long it took him to flesh out her summary and launch the Buoy, but it wasn't likely to be longer than approximately 15 minutes after the Ghost Riders hit that 92 light-second distance.

so our final datum is Terekhov was in-system approximately 26-30 minutes (how long would the Ghost Riders take to decelerate 4 light-seconds?), and then an unknown amount of time for Terekhov to quiz Helen, then plan and only Himself or Bu9 know how long it takes to actually kick a Hermes over the side and accelerating on its own drive. But let's assume he kept it brief, and overall he had the Hermes activating it's own drive after being in system for exactly 45 minutes?

Then for it to actually transmit

The (Manties)'d been in-system for almost two and a half hours now. In fact, they’d made their turnover and begun decelerating forty-eight minutes ago. The range was down to thirty-one million kilometers—under two light-minutes—and he’d started sweating the moment it dropped to forty million.

At some point prior to this, the Hermes buoy was already on station 40,000 km away from the Sollies and the ONLY reason they knew that was because it started broadcasting to them at that time. So it made the trip over I don't have the calculations for how many km's, in an absolute maximum of 105 minutes and stayed completely covert, although it probably made it faster.