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Old April 9th, 2005, 09:52 PM
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Shouldn't the available surface area be altered by the hull configuration? A sphere is the space with the least surface area for a given volume (as my old geometry textbook says) and so I'd think there'd be more surface area available for other shapes.

Does this seem like a reasonable order to put the HG configurations, from lowest surface area/hull volume ratio to the largest?
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Configuration (HG USP Code)
Sphere (5)
Planetoid/Buffered Planetoid (8/9)
Flattened Sphere (6)
Close Structure (4)
Cylinder (3)
Cone (2)
Needle/Wedge (1)
Dispersed Structure (7)
I'm sure it's possible to calculate the relative "efficiency" of the configurations in giving surface area per unit volume, but I'm too tired to play with that tonight.
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