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Posted - 2011.09.03 23:09:00 - [1]

Is it me or has the math been a little odd on closing WH's? Several times over the last week, I've hit the mass number and it hasn't closed and one time it actually closed early (-1 orca).

It actually just happened again and decided it was time to throw it out there to the forums and see if anyone else noticed it.

- Just tried to close an X702 - Max Mass 1 Bil kg.
- Orca Mass 250 Mil Kg
- Trips (4) x Orca Mass = 1 Bil Kg
- WH status = This wormhole has had its stability critically disrupted by the mass of numerous ships passing through and is on the verge of collapse.

I'm really just at a loss at this point. I've never really had this kind of headache before. How is one supposed to be able to manage one's WH exits and entrances like this?

Anyone else seeing this problem?

Tau Cabalander
Posted - 2011.09.03 23:54:00 - [2]

Edited by: Tau Cabalander on 04/09/2011 00:07:36

You do realize that wormholes have a variable mass, and it is possible others have gone through it.

As long as it is still open, say only 1 kg left, you can put the max transit mass through of millions of kg, then it will collapse. Keeping a scanning frigate on the far side is a good idea. A scanning frigate typically will not be enough mass to close the wormhole, so it can come back just before the last ship jumps back through.

It is more important to note when the wormhole shrinks while closing it, rather than guess at its current mass.

If the wormhole shrank a second time early, we'd use a 100 MN Drake to close the wormhole. If the wormhole shrank late, the Orcas would use a 100MN MWD on the return trip (both trips was rare, but sometimes done if the first shrink was late).

However, nothing is a sure bet. We've had the wormhole collapse unexpectedly, once stranding an Archon (no probe ship on his side, oops we didn't follow protocol, self-destructed), and a Revelation (probe ship on his side, so got out eventually).

Posted - 2011.09.04 01:29:00 - [3]

Thanks - I guess historically I've had some pretty good luck and just as of recent, the variables finally caught up with me.


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