A1_4 Defenestration

Liam Allen, Peter Edwards, Josh Wynn


This article investigates the frequent trope of space based fiction of getting rid of an enemy by ejecting them out the airlock or of a person being dragged out to space due to damage to the spacecraft’s hull. We find that the force exerted on the person isn't very large for a hole the size of a door, but it may be sufficient to eject the person if the hole was around 2m x 4m, and if the air is resupplied to the room at the rate that it is emitted.

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