That’s really fast!!!!
written by rob, October 04, 2006If my maths is correct (school was a long time ago), the track would have a circumference of 6.28k, so at 10k/s, thespaceship would be making almost two laps a second. That I would like to see, I wouldn’t want to be in it, but I would liketo see it.
written by Paul Barthle, October 05, 2006If a re-usable space plane were to use this concept as a first stage rather than solid fuel, o-ring equipped rockets, the g-forceswouldn’t have to be as high and past disasters could be avoided as well. The real application might be on the proposedmoon base, using solar power to launch toward Mars. Fewer G’s necessary under less gravity and no need to ferry fuelsfrom here.
written by S. E. Robinson, October 05, 2006Great idea, but a couple concerns. The constant earth rotation would create a problem for the stationary Ring on earth or either its free floating point in space and the airspace this object would demand and tie up. Move on it, this could bewonderful.
You’re over a bit on the cost
written by Brian,October 06, 2006
So what’s the alternative? A space elevator would certainly be more efficient, and would only cost several trillion dollars to build.
We think you’re over just a wee bit on how much a space elevator will cost. Dr. Edwards guess-timates 10 billion, wethink based on the work we’ve done this summer it will be about twice that.
written by SauZheR, October 07, 2006What about a ring-garbage gun?? Is really stupid to think to shot straight into the space (or the sun) tons of grabage? i don’tthink so. bye
Never mind satellites
problem and solution
written byFred steel, October 07, 2006at 10k/s you can not shift any sensitive equipment of any mass grater than a few grams on to an inclined track as you propose. The inertial forces would be far to great. However, if you instead of building your ring horisontally, build itvertically, you would eliminate the problem intierly. Naturally, you would have to construct your ring below ground, wichraises a new problem. Tectonic movements and other ground displacing phenomena (these problems exist for a horisontalring aswell but are easily solved by letting the ring move with some freedom). This could be solved by finding a solid,dense and homogeneous mountain into which you drill your ring hole using conventional tunnel drilling equipment.
written by John, October 07, 2006Great idea Fred, at 10k/s it really wouldnt make much difference if you were vertical. and building it underground givesyour track the strength it would need to handle the forces. I do think that 2km might be a little short, but I have seen some jet cars on those crazy little tracks go insanely fast held only by a thin wire. I wonder if thats where this idea was spawned.Either way, what an Idea!
written byJohn, October 07, 2006If the payload is revolving around the track 2 times a second you will have to switch the tracks ‘very’ quickly.
A couple things not being taken into aco
written by ElAsturiano, October 07, 2006At the speeds you are talking pre launch, the air resistance would be significant, keeping a vacuum on the ring whileaccelerating would solve that, but then, when you divert the payload to the launching ramp you would loose a lot of your energy to air resistance (and lets not talk about the supersonic boom at the spot where the vehicle touches air for the firsttime). I am sure you get my idea...