31c/240 Herschel-pair climber

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31c/240 Herschel-pair climber
31c/240 Herschel-pair climber image
Pattern type Crawler
Speed 31c/240
Direction Orthogonal
Crawls on Block
Discovered by Unknown
Year of discovery Unknown

The 31c/240 Herschel-pair climber (or 31c/240 reaction) is the mechanism defining the rate of travel of the Centipede and shield bug spaceships. It consists of a pair of Herschels climbing two parallel chains of blocks. Certain spacings between the block chains allow gliders from each Herschel to delete the extra ash objects produced by the other Herschel. Two more gliders escape, one to each side, leaving only an exact copy of the original block chains, but shifted forward by 9 cells.

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