Tottenberg: Shipper Lock-In
How Do You Get To Them All?
Fri, Mar 19, 2021 at 10:24 AM
Nice method of utilizing space! What would you say to having the small box directly under (above?) the ship, when it's locked in, be part of the solid platform for the pin socket of the frame? That sacrifices two small box spaces (one above and one below), but there'd be absolutely no chance of a box slipping under inertia, or under the magnetic effect of the pads. In other words, it just looks more like a solid connection if the ships are attached to a solid surface. Does that make sense? Agree, disagree?
One frame like this sure does seem equal to or greater in capacity than the amount of cargo that a big container ship today carries. String a couple of them together, and you have huge amount of freight going every which way in the galaxy.
Fri, Mar 19, 2021 at 11:25 AM
I'm not certain I quite understand your suggestion (below) relating to the small containers just above/below.
What is this 'locking' to which you are referring?
In my mind I see that there will already be a supporting framework around every container, part of which will be the contact points for the box haulers' support pads. Also, at the rear of the box hauler ship where the aft support pads are, there would be some sort of beam on rails arrangement on the container frame which would slide into place (above that container) for the pads to contact. Of course, there is always that second option whereby the entire locking column of the container frame is deep enough to serve as a complete support/contact surface for the box haulers.
Anyway, get back to me with your ideas on the cargo container frame and I'll be ready to launch in on that. Probably just as fussy as the box hauler itself.