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The Cosmic Star - Chapter 03_Page_20

May 14th, 2017, 8:52 pm
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adam (Guest) May 15th, 2017, 3:55 pm
How the hell did she get the post then? Modern captains often have degrees related to the field, there are university courses specialized for preparing captains. Not to mention lots of training from non-university educational facilities.

Space is not a hands-on environment. It is a very non-intuitive one and you need to know calculus just to learn how to fly a spaceship. You need to understand orbits, rocket equations and much, much more. Yes, the computer can do it for you but you still need to understand what it is doing.
superzentredi May 15th, 2017, 8:39 pm
@adam: Background stories will be fleshed out later. Needless to say she learned everything from her father from a young age. Plus, the ISEO is a private company so they can pick whatever Captains they want.
Xero (Guest) May 16th, 2017, 11:51 pm
Plus who would you want comanding the most exspensive ship ever some onewho spenthalf their earlycarrer in class rooms or someone who was doing slingshots off gravity wells at the age most kids are learning to ride a bike? In space there is what you knowand what you learn she KNOWS how to run a ship
adam (Guest) May 17th, 2017, 4:31 am
@Xero: And where do you learn the math required to make the calculations to do gravity-well slingshots and more complex things? In elementary?

Again, space is not a hands-on environment. You cannot learn how to fly a spaceship like you would learn how to sail a boat. Simulators would help but you don't hand the wheels of what is essentially a nuclear powered controlled explosion to just anyone, any ship. Especially when you can turn a spaceship into kinetic kill weapon of mass destruction.
The same way you don't hand someone who flew biplanes and played a lot of simulators a Boing 747 unless you have no other choice.

There would be certificate and training systems involved that you would have to prepare for and qualify, which would likely consists of a high-level education in of itself.

I'm guessing that even with exceptional talent and early education, she would had to go through that and show decade or more years of experience.