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8th Jul '17 11:32:38 AM nombretomado
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In RealLife, gravity assists are a well-known and often-used phenomenon and have far wider applications (and limitations) than those depicted in fiction. TheOtherWiki does a good job explaining the ramifications.

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In RealLife, gravity assists are a well-known and often-used phenomenon and have far wider applications (and limitations) than those depicted in fiction. TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki does a good job explaining the ramifications.
1st Jun '17 5:24:30 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''[[Literature/TheExpanse Abaddon's Gate]]'' a Belter teenager in a slapped-together ship slingshots past Jupiter and Saturn to "thread the needle" through the Ring in Uranus counter-orbit, the lack of drive signature allows him to evade detection by the ships around the Ring until it's too late to stop [[spoiler: but also keeps him from slowing down enough before the deceleration field on the other side turns him into red paste.]]
30th Apr '17 1:46:52 PM zarpaulus
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* In the first season of ''Series/TheExpanse'' Miller comes across a "Slingshot club" where people follow pilots attempting such stunts and bet on whether they live, the one they're watching then doesn't. While in season 2 Alex and the ''Rocinante's'' military-grade computer plot an extremely complicated maneuver through Jupiter's moons in an attempt to get to Ganymede without firing the main drive, it works until he almost collides with an MCRN destroyer and has to abort to avoid detection.
30th Apr '17 1:35:30 PM F1Krazy
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* Parodied in one ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode, in which Zapp Brannigan does this while piloting [[WhatWereYouExpectingWhenYouNamedItX the Titanic space-liner]] for pretty much no reason.
-->'''Zapp Brannigan''': Ah, yes. Comets. The icebergs of the sky. By jack-knifing from one to the next at breakneck speed, we might just get some kind of gravity boost... or something.
29th Jan '17 8:42:52 AM zarpaulus
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** Earlier the Jupiter 2 was supposed to slingshot around the Sun on its' way to Alpha Prime, but Smith's sabotage sent them falling into it instead forcing them to make a BlindJump.



* In ''Film/{{Passengers|2016}}'' the ''Avalon'' makes a slingshot maneuver around the star Arcturus, mostly to provide SceneryPorn for the movie.



In the ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' strip ''[[https://xkcd.com/1244/ Six Words]]'' Cueball plans a more elaborate one (claiming that it works in VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram).

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* In the ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' strip ''[[https://xkcd.com/1244/ Six Words]]'' Cueball plans a more elaborate one (claiming that it works in VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram).
22nd Aug '16 1:08:49 PM petersohn
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In the ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' strip ''[[https://xkcd.com/1244/ Six Words]]'' Cueball plans a more elaborate one (claiming that it works in VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram).
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22nd Aug '16 12:41:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* Combined with a WronskiFeint in ''[[Literature/TheFlightEngineer The Privateer]]'' by JamesDoohan and S.M. Sterling. The damaged light carrier ''Invincible'' has a [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Mollie]] flotilla in hot pursuit, so it heads for a recently discovered system that has a pulsar perilously close to the jump point. Since they're expecting it, they're able to slingshot around the pulsar and back to the jump point to escape. The Mollies aren't so lucky; they end up smeared across its surface with their very atoms crushed into degenerate matter.

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* Combined with a WronskiFeint in ''[[Literature/TheFlightEngineer The Privateer]]'' by JamesDoohan Creator/JamesDoohan and S.M. Sterling. The damaged light carrier ''Invincible'' has a [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Mollie]] flotilla in hot pursuit, so it heads for a recently discovered system that has a pulsar perilously close to the jump point. Since they're expecting it, they're able to slingshot around the pulsar and back to the jump point to escape. The Mollies aren't so lucky; they end up smeared across its surface with their very atoms crushed into degenerate matter.
25th Apr '16 6:54:08 PM TheWhistleTropes
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* The ''Cassini'' spacecraft, currently orbiting Saturn, has taken this trope UpToEleven making two flybys of Venus, one of the Earth, and one of Jupiter to boost her towards Saturn, as well as using Titan's (Saturn's largest moon) gravity to change her orbit, allowing exploration of the Saturnian system.
** Ditto for Rosetta mission, which used four gravity assists (Earth, Mars, Earth and Earth ''again'') to catch the comet 67P.

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* The ''Galileo'' spacecraft, which was disposed of in the Jovian atmosphere in 2003, used slingshots from Venus, Earth, and Earth again to gain enough velocity to reach jupiter. The ''Cassini'' spacecraft, currently orbiting Saturn, has taken this trope UpToEleven making two flybys of Venus, one of the Earth, and one of Jupiter to boost her towards Saturn, as well as using Titan's (Saturn's largest moon) gravity to change her orbit, allowing exploration of the Saturnian system.
** Ditto for Rosetta mission,
system. The ''Rosetta'' mission which used four gravity assists (Earth, Mars, Earth and Earth ''again'') to catch the comet 67P.
10th Apr '16 10:29:29 AM pablo360
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* This is a major plot point in ''Literature/TheMartian'': The so-called Purnell Maneuver involves slingshotting the Hermes so that it can get to Mars before Watney starves; [[spoiler: NASA initially rejects the plan because it risks the lives of the Hermes crew, but Purnell sends Vogel the flight path and the crew mutinies.]]
1st Apr '16 7:24:14 PM JackG
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* In ''Film/TheMartian,'' the Hermes spacecraft performs a gravity assist manoeuvre around the Earth so it can quickly return to Mars.

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* In ''Film/TheMartian,'' the Hermes spacecraft performs a gravity assist manoeuvre around the Earth so it can quickly return to Mars.Mars, then have to do another round Mars so they can return to Earth. Unfortunately because of this they can't stop to pick up our protagonist, who must launch into an orbit high enough to be intercepted by the Hermes.


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* Joshua Calvert does this in ''Literature/TheNightsDawnTrilogy'', however the drama is in ''how'' he does it, rather than the stunt itself.
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