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Posted 16 March 2013 - 11:06 AM

has anyone ever dreamed of playing paintball in zero gravity. has anyone ever done it? what do you think would happen to the paintballs? or would it even be possible?

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 11:11 AM

You can't fill the tanks in space anyways...

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 11:13 AM

and not sure how the ball trajectory will actually be in zero gravity... it might just shoot all over the place.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 11:16 AM

the laws of physics would still apply, therefore, for for every action there is an equal opposite reaction. so if you fire the paintball, it would move forward, however the energy used to propel it forward, would also propel you a little backward. since there is venting and such in the sol, it would nt be as great, but depending on the make of gun ( blowbacks would be the worst ), you would be floating backwards

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 11:50 AM

Paintball on the moon... I'm up for it! :P

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 11:55 AM

It would be interesting. Without gravity, the paintball would decelerate much slower, if at all, meaning the range of a paintball would be much, much longer than normal. Also without gravity, It would seem that the trajectory would be perfectly flat.

Are we talking about playing in space, or just in a zero gravity situation?

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 12:19 PM

getting to your bunker would be intereting.. you're not exactly gonna "run" to it, or "slide" or "dive" into the snake ... you would probably be an easy target just floating around ... and if you rip your suit .. buh bye

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 01:54 PM

and also i dont think the paintballs would break.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:57 PM

Okay assuming 1) we are on the ISS and 2) we aren't wearing spacesuits
There is no such thing as zero g, just free fall. On the ISS everything "falls" at the same rate. So the parabola the paintball takes would be eliminated by this falling. The friction of the barrel, drag, gyroscopic spin, and other factors would all exist in the same capacity, maybe there would be less drag since they only compress planes (and I think the ISS) to 8-10 psi vs the 1 atmosphere of 14.7. And yes, since you are firing a paintball you would experience an equal and opposite force from the paintball. A larger amount of that force would be transferred to pushing you back versus pivoting around your shoulder. You would move back a very small amount with each shot (very small. The kinetic energy, force, momentum and impulse of a paintball gun would have a very small effect on your trajectory,
Then lets look at the bunkers. You would have to have them anchored to the walls of the ISS. You would be able to jump from one wall and bunker to the other. Snap shooting would be difficult, although I'm sure you could figure out a way to combat your inertia. Popping over the top would be the biggest problem, you would just keep going up.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:59 PM

zero gravity anything sucks.
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 03:01 PM

It just got real sciencey up in this bitch.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:08 PM

Couldn't you just turn backwards and shoot away from the bunker you want to go to, and that could propel you to your bunker.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:23 PM

Couldn't you just turn backwards and shoot away from the bunker you want to go to, and that could propel you to your bunker.


You'd have to use a VM68 to get enough kick to propel you to another bunker.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:32 PM


Couldn't you just turn backwards and shoot away from the bunker you want to go to, and that could propel you to your bunker.


You'd have to use a VM68 to get enough kick to propel you to another bunker.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 06:12 PM

You can't fill the tanks in space anyways...

Zero gravity =\= zero air pressure
I think it would be pretty damn awesome to be honest
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 06:21 PM


You can't fill the tanks in space anyways...

Zero gravity =\= zero air pressure
I think it would be pretty damn awesome to be honest


You know how you're not allowed to have filled air tanks on airplanes?
I'd assume that would be the same on a spaceship, unless the tanks are made of the same thing as the astronaut stuff.

or I may just be really retarded, either way.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 06:44 PM



You can't fill the tanks in space anyways...

Zero gravity =\= zero air pressure
I think it would be pretty damn awesome to be honest


You know how you're not allowed to have filled air tanks on airplanes?
I'd assume that would be the same on a spaceship, unless the tanks are made of the same thing as the astronaut stuff.

or I may just be really retarded, either way.


If we're speaking about going to space, there will be a pressure change. Google tells me at sea level, you have 14ish psi pushing inward on the tank vs the 4500psi pushing outward. My layman knowledge tells me 4514 psi isn't going to cause the tank to fail/explode (assuming space is a perfect vacuum, and I don't think it is). That said, I am not a physicist.

Then again, this isn't answering the prior point. OP said nothing of moving from where he was. We could be speaking about the hypothetical "what if gravity got turned off?"

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 07:58 PM




You can't fill the tanks in space anyways...

Zero gravity =\= zero air pressure
I think it would be pretty damn awesome to be honest


You know how you're not allowed to have filled air tanks on airplanes?
I'd assume that would be the same on a spaceship, unless the tanks are made of the same thing as the astronaut stuff.

or I may just be really retarded, either way.


If we're speaking about going to space, there will be a pressure change. Google tells me at sea level, you have 14ish psi pushing inward on the tank vs the 4500psi pushing outward. My layman knowledge tells me 4514 psi isn't going to cause the tank to fail/explode (assuming space is a perfect vacuum, and I don't think it is). That said, I am not a physicist.

Then again, this isn't answering the prior point. OP said nothing of moving from where he was. We could be speaking about the hypothetical "what if gravity got turned off?"

I am pretty sure that space stations are pressurized at a different level than sea level,and the pressure would change inside the tank accordingly.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 08:37 PM

I think that someone from Punkworks has to go to space and check this out...

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 09:17 PM





You can't fill the tanks in space anyways...

Zero gravity =\= zero air pressure
I think it would be pretty damn awesome to be honest


You know how you're not allowed to have filled air tanks on airplanes?
I'd assume that would be the same on a spaceship, unless the tanks are made of the same thing as the astronaut stuff.

or I may just be really retarded, either way.


If we're speaking about going to space, there will be a pressure change. Google tells me at sea level, you have 14ish psi pushing inward on the tank vs the 4500psi pushing outward. My layman knowledge tells me 4514 psi isn't going to cause the tank to fail/explode (assuming space is a perfect vacuum, and I don't think it is). That said, I am not a physicist.

Then again, this isn't answering the prior point. OP said nothing of moving from where he was. We could be speaking about the hypothetical "what if gravity got turned off?"

I am pretty sure that space stations are pressurized at a different level than sea level,and the pressure would change inside the tank accordingly.


The pressure difference still wouldnt be enough to cause any damage to the tank. 4500 psi tanks have burst disks for 7.5k psi fills. Basically, your tank can fill to just under 7.5k (NOT that is is recommended or safe), but it wont cause damage. Im fairly certain i saw a vid where a ninja rep said it takes like 30k psi to put a hole in their carbon fiber tanks.
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 09:25 PM

You can't fill the tanks in space anyways...


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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:42 PM

Zero gravity =\= zero air pressure

Air pressure is not dependent on gravity. If that were the case, astronauts couldn't breathe.
Boyle's law, Hooke's law, Charle's law, and Avogadro's law still apply to gases regardless of the amount of ambient gravity.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 04:43 AM

Q-Loader would love this stuff. Only loader that would actually work.
Also, sliding to your bunker would be really interesting...

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