Deadman's Tumble

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Deadman's Tumble: Space slang for a three-exis spin, normally of a spacecraft. The expression derives from the fact that vessels with this awkward spin are very difficult and timeconsuming to rescue. Consequently, anybody on board the ship is a "dead man".

According to the Imperial Navigation Act of 103 a three-axis spin is not neccessarily an excuse for not rescuing a vessel in distress. -ins HT