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Aerodynamic effects of gaseous bodies in space?
« on: September 05, 2014, 04:43:45 PM »
Hi all. This is my first post here. I've been listening to "Titanium Physicists" for about a year now and I enjoy it.
I am a professional helicopter pilot and aerodynamics has always fascinated me. 

I was listening to Episode 50: "The Death of Spirals with Kat Griffiths" and the talk of nebulae came up. I have always wondered if the collection of gases in the vacuum of space are dense enough that they could have an aerodynamic effect on a spacecraft going at "Ludicrous speed"? Or are these gas pockets too thin to matter? Would the design of a spacecraft have to take into account aerodynamic drag: skin friction, parasitic friction and form drag in the case that the spacecraft might fly through a nebulae? Or does it matter? Would the Borg have made a mistake in this respect?  ;)