Monday, April 21, 2008
An old idea finally revisted.
I had this idea quite a few years ago. I'm not sure what caused me to think this scheme up, and it is one of the ideas I have had that I actually invested some time and effort into. It involves getting into space cheaply and easily. You see the same concept all over; the monorail and even rides in theme parks such as Great America. Use magnets to pull something to a speed and velocity required to leave Earth. Picture a hollow doughnut underground ringed with magnets. You insert a container filled with whatever it is you're sending to space, turn this ring on, the magnets accelerate this package faster and faster until it reaches the required speed, and then shoots it up a branching tunnel that aims this package to the sky. Of course there would have to be something already up there to catch this package, at which point it can be unloaded and dropped into the ocean on Earth to be reused. Now, I am no mathematician, nor have I spent any time researching all the formulas that would tell me whether it is even possible to do this, but in my head it works and makes sense. You could get all your power from natural sources such as wind or water, and the facility would have almost no maintenance costs. After all, there should be no friction because this package would be floating on the magnets. The work I put into this was going through one of those inventor programs that works to get it copyrighted and patented.