Civilian Space Travel

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by XCV330, Feb 6, 2019.

  1. Gingerbread Demon

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    That balloon thing is still taking money from the hopeful....
     
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    Something I have been thinking about.

    I have heard of space elevators and statites and such---but has anyone thought about having two of them intersect?

    Imagine two large sail statites whose lines cross in the form of an "X"...

    The simple act of having the two sails tack towards or away from each other means the point of intersection can raise or lower.

    If a windlass/pully system rides that intersection and has its own tether----might an object be pulled to space using nothing but Archimedean type principles?

    I don't know that this can work on other---but Venus with stronger sunlight---or an object with lower gravity might use such a---we'll call it a SUNLIFTER.

    No powered elevator car needed.

    Other oddball ideas
    https://www.wired.com/story/its-not-sci-fi-nasa-is-funding-these-mind-blowing-projects/
     
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  4. XCV330

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    https://www.thespacereview.com/article/4544/1
    Virgin Galactic will start test flights.. again again, this time they think they'll need three before regular passenger flights. No timeline when the first one goes up, but they're giving more info than Blue Origin gave out last week about their own return to flight .
     
  5. Gingerbread Demon

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    Didn't the last Virgin test fail in a big way?
     
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    not in a big way. I would say the last Blue Origin flight failed in a big way.
     
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    New A.I. rocket engine being looked at
     
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  12. Gingerbread Demon

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    That thumbnail eeek....... Like a HR Giger monstrosity
     
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    and Virgin is back flying people into space. next stop, passenger flights.