## Wednesday, November 11, 2009

### Physics do not apply in the Star Wars universe.

I'm not just referencing Solo's "Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs" claim, which can be explained away as a boast about navigational and piloting ability rather than ship speed. (Though there may be relativistic reasons for why speed would affect the ability to accomplish the Kessel Run in a shorter distance.)

In the latest BrickMaster (LEGO's magazine), there's a fake ad from Koensayr for the Y-Wing that claims "Goes from 0 to 2,700G in less than a parsec!" I was going to try and figure out what that meant, and then realized that 2,700G is acceleration and parsec is distance! When car manufacturers boast that a car goes from 0 to 60 in 4 seconds, what they are bragging about is acceleration, that within 4 seconds, the power is such that the car can be accelerated to 60 mph from rest. What the hell does 2,700G mean? (Besides the fact that G is meaningless in Star Wars unless it references a specific planet.) If we take G to be 10 m/s^2, then 2,700G = 27,000 m/s^2. At that acceleration, it would take about 7 seconds to accelerate to lightspeed. I'm fairly certain that's not possible in the X-Wing flightsim games. Hyperspeed, yes, STL acceleration, no way.