# Unexpected Assumption in NASA Documents: Flat Earth?

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# The Oblate Spheroid Assumption

For most, the assumption is that the earth is spherical (or an oblate spheroid) that spins around like a top. This assumption is taught in all schools and universities and is accepted almost universally in all nations.

The earth is a spinning oblate spheroid rotating around the sun in the empty vacuum of space.

# The Non-Rotating, Flat Earth Assumption

Something funny happens when it comes to real-world calculations. In order for any accurate study of flight and aircraft models, the assumption must be that the craft is flying above a "flat, non-rotating earth". These are their words, not mine.

If this assumption is not consistent with reality, why wouldn't they assume a spherical (oblate spheroid) rotating earth? The math should work with a spherical assumption... right?

Why assume a non-rotating flat earth? It is perhaps because the math doesn't work on a globe? It should work, right? The globe (oblate spheroid) is consistent with the reality we are presented with. The reality of the world that most have accepted.

# From the NASA Website

There is a seriously inconvenient assumption made when it comes to mathematical calculations concerning airplanes, rockets and ballistics. In order to accurately calculate their trajectory or movement, they have to assume a flat, non-rotating earth.

They assume this. Most people would never accept this as an assumption. Why would NASA assume this of all organizations?

# No Need To Explain this Assumption?

The multiple data analysts felt no need to explain or defend their "ridiculous" assumption. Why?

These documents can be found on the NASA website:

# Re-Evaluating Assumptions

If the non-rotating flat earth assumption is not consistent with reality, shouldn't these documents be destroyed and replaced with new calculations using a rotating spherical (oblate spheroid) earth assumption? Why does NASA seem to be fine with an assumed non-rotating flat earth?

Should we change the math? Or maybe there is a better option: Perhaps we should re-evaluate our assumptions, so we can be consistent with mathmatical reality.

Something to consider.

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I think if you read these papers more fully you'll see that this assumption is made in order to simplify the mathematics, not because it is more accurate.

I advise everyone to read the papers more fully for context. False assumptions rarely lead to a true conclusion.

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