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how can the x-wing land if realistic physics.

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So, I’ve basically decided that the x-wing, exactly how it looks in the original trilogy, could land exactly as portrayed in the original trilogy, WITH realistic physics.

THe only missing piece is exactly the engineering of the engine, and importantly what sort of moving parts it has. (thrust vectoring).

I have two pieces of media, one video and one picture.

Basically, however, the x-wing can direct its thrust so that it is pushing both up and back on the top, and forward and down on the back, and hold its orientation (flat, landing on the landing gear), to achieve a nice hover. Imagine holding a board by one end, but still level and flat. (you pull back on the top fingers, and push up and inward on the bottom fingers)

Here is the video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Zkxh903s_w

and here is the picture

http://spacesimcentral.com/wp-content/uploads/wpforo/attachments/22719/thumbnail/1-xwing-landing.png

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That video is cool, I’ve never seen a plane do that.

I was thinking about a similar issue with the Falcon in ANH where Han says ‘Full reverse’. It is never shown how the Falcon goes in reverse, but I expect it would have to be something along these lines where the plates along the engine move down and angle the thrust forward.

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NeverarGreat said:

That video is cool, I’ve never seen a plane do that.

I was thinking about a similar issue with the Falcon in ANH where Han says ‘Full reverse’. It is never shown how the Falcon goes in reverse, but I expect it would have to be something along these lines where the plates along the engine move down and angle the thrust forward.

So basically, my approach in this case is to run with the idea that G.L. and company would have wanted more moving parts on their sets, but they were simply limited in this respect. Another one is zero-g. I’m pretty sure that if filming zero-g scenes were available, they probably would have done so. Today’s “Star Wars Lore” is filled with all kinds of details that authors and enthusiasts filled in, which formed this “cannon universe” , which disney does or does not follow depending on the detail, and many of these details are things like, how does everyone have gravity in their fighter, how do speeders float, what is that prop on someones belt, etc.

Since it’s supposed to just be a cheeseball movie set, with plenty of coolfactor if you are willing to be understanding, it’s fun and entertaining for me, just like more popular fantasizers, to pitch ideas on how things might “really be”. In order to do that, I have to ignore “canon” completely. I don’t agree with even one lightsaber concept (i have my own), and I just think there’s not gravity for so many scenes that had gravity. And effective recently, I’ve decided that the engines in the film just work like normal engines today. Some are obviously able to double as jets or rockets, but mostly engines in Star Wars are just rockets.

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Mocata said:

Planes would have a lot harder time moving like that without wheels though.

Well sure but those engines dont do any other vectoring (like newer fighters do), so, blending the concepts you might feel a ship that just flies in and out of planet-based stations would have the thrust figures to hover without such complex exhaust systems as a harrier or similar.