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Default Measuring mass in space

"Sir, Im detecting a 105kg variance from my initial mass scan when we took on frieght. I think we might have a stowaway"

How would a ship determine their wieght in space? Without gravitic technology, how would an orbiting ship determine how much a pallet of goods wieghed if it was packaged in orbit as well? We would have to subject the object/section of the ship to gravity would we not?

So in the quote above, the cargo area would have to be in spin gravity in order for the tech to determine the variance in cargo weight. If it was in a gravity free area, there would be no way he could tell, could he? With TL9-10 technology?

hmm, just had a thought.. could you use the effect of your maneuevering thrusters? Measure the velocity after a 10 second burn or whatever and compare it to known effects with given mass? In this way if your ship moved .00034 meters slower than it did at your believed mass, you would know you had some unaccounted for weight somewhere, couldnt you?
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