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Can We Throw Satellites to Space? - SpinLaunch

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Real Engineering
Real Engineering Πριν μήνα
This has been in the works for about 3 months now. Our first full documentary shoot. There is a lot of negativity in the comments from people who have not even watched the video yet. This channel is about being positive about engineering. Encouraging and inspiring the next generation of engineers. If you are looking for a channel that focuses on being negative and adds nothing to world, you have come to the wrong place. It's so much easier to point out what's hard, than using your brain to think of solutions. That's not what engineers do. We find problems, and then we find solutions. If you don't think a company that's trying to throw satellites into space, and has already built a 1/3rd prototype, isn't insanely cool. I don't know what to do for ye. That's badass. Whether they succeed or not is irrelevant. It's not your investment money they are using, chill out.
Nico H
Nico H Πριν 25 ημέρες
What an absurd comment.. “not your money”? You know how government funding works? “If you are looking for a channel that focuses on being negative and adds nothing to the world”.. yeah ok, because being realistic and tackling the ACTUAL ENGINEERING problems doesn’t add anything? I mean common, that’s the root of engineering: understanding the problems and working around them. But just ignoring the problems and dismissing them as negative and pointless (with a clear jab at a certain someone (because that’s positive)) is absurd. Strike one for not acknowledging any of this in your video (which ok, we all make mistakes), strike two for then childishly doubling down, when faced with a counter argument, instead of addressing it. The concept is awesome. Ignoring it’s flaws and dismissing them as pointless negativity is childish.
joshua herbert
joshua herbert Πριν μήνα
Hope it goes well
Gökay Haydar Baykuş
Gökay Haydar Baykuş Πριν μήνα
@Ethan Dowdy if an engineering concept is fundamentally flawed then there is no need to go for a trial and error phase. No one is luckier than basic math.
Carl Piper Larsen
Carl Piper Larsen Πριν μήνα
🤓
Gökay Haydar Baykuş
Gökay Haydar Baykuş Πριν μήνα
Engineering is about designing according to the laws of nature. If your design isn't compliant with these laws, then it doesn't work. Critique is not Criticism
Mr Mike
Mr Mike Πριν μήνα
Oh wow. I love this new format! Great to see you on camera. The quality of this documentary reminds me of the Discovery channel when I was a kid... way back before it got overtaken by reality shows.
Jason Ward
Jason Ward Πριν 20 ημέρες
@CrankyPants oh man, I really set you off! I definitely didn't mean to push anyone's buttons! I didn't mean to put anyone down. But it seems like you're looking for a reason to be "cranky." I hope you can have a better day tomorrow and not let positive comments from random internet people upset you too much...
CrankyPants
CrankyPants Πριν 22 ημέρες
@Jason Ward You really assumed that he was “super ugly because he just spoke”? Really? What kind of immature, petty mind comes up with that? We hear him speak because he’s always displaying awesome video and/or excellent graphics that are integral to the video's content. If you paid attention to his videos, you’d see where it would make more sense and be informative to display the relevant graphics than wave a flag with his face throughout the videos just to prove to everyone that he isn’t “super ugly”. That really floors me that you assumed that if people don't display their faces, they must be really ugly, much less wrote it for everyone to see.
KRIZINKGRIN INC
KRIZINKGRIN INC Πριν 27 ημέρες
Impressive it's different tech but it reminds me of a rail gun because amazing speed is involved when projectile is in motion.👊🏽⚡
Flynnick
Flynnick Πριν μήνα
Supercharger not turbo...
Yarpen Zigrin
Yarpen Zigrin Πριν μήνα
Too bad it's a complete lie.
Vaughn Kingston
Vaughn Kingston Πριν μήνα
Makes one appreciate writers like Jules Verne who were ahead of their time.
Samson Soturian
Samson Soturian Πριν 13 ημέρες
@Vaughn Kingston no, there was space travel books before that. Edgar Allan Poe wrote one involving a giant balloon and a wonder material lighter than hydrogen.
Vaughn Kingston
Vaughn Kingston Πριν 13 ημέρες
Wow reading some of the comments. Jules Verne came up with an idea of "space transportation" in a time when the light bulb was just coming online. Get a life and spend that time an energy being someone who can inspire and innovate rather than just 🧌 troll. LoL
hokiepokie:CicadaMykHyn
hokiepokie:CicadaMykHyn Πριν 13 ημέρες
Spin Launch is so stressful!!! Just look at what it did to the poor guy @ 8:24 ... Now look at him @ 36:30 !!! At this rate, he'll be ☠️ soon...
Samson Soturian
Samson Soturian Πριν 17 ημέρες
He wrote of a giant gun, and none of the methods he described would actually work.
Yarpen Zigrin
Yarpen Zigrin Πριν 27 ημέρες
@jama211 Learn science. This is a failed idea.
Rhian Taylor
Rhian Taylor Πριν μήνα
So I guess this would be the "David" to "Falcon Heavy" as Goliath... I recall seeing this essential format in Popular Mechanics back in the late 1950's/early 60's - they suggested it could form the basis of a military field gun as launching satellites wasn't a big thing back then.
Paul MacMartin
Paul MacMartin Πριν μήνα
Great walkthrough, given some of the access restrictions you faced. I had trouble following the various equations toward the end of the video, but your animations are great. What animation software do you use? Is it something like Blender?
tapalmer99
tapalmer99 Πριν μήνα
The g-force involved in these - 10,000 g's - was dealt with back in world war II with proximity fuses in artillery shells which are probably pretty similar being shot out of a 5 inch barrel from 0 to several thousand feet per second is pretty much the same thing they're doing hence the 10,000g-force but was dealt with a long time ago by much less computationally aided people It's amazing what we used to do with just a slide rule looking at this up to and including put a man on the moon absolutely amazing
Johnny Repine
Johnny Repine Πριν μήνα
I would love to see something like this built on the moon for launching unmanned missions further into space.
SILVER WISKERS
SILVER WISKERS Πριν 22 ημέρες
agree
Yarpen Zigrin
Yarpen Zigrin Πριν μήνα
@Leon Schuit You don't need to keep the dust out, there's no atmosphere.
Audio Phoenix
Audio Phoenix Πριν μήνα
@Leon Schuit probably just a membrane that can be punched through to keep the dust out. No need for a heavy door that keeps the negative pressure.
Simão Couto
Simão Couto Πριν μήνα
Yeah just send all the materials to build it. And theeeeennn the bloody aero crafts. Solving 0 problems lol
Yuuto Nosuri
Yuuto Nosuri Πριν μήνα
Wernher von Braun the real star trek guy ;p elvids.com/video/%CE%B2%CE%AF%CE%BD%CF%84%CE%B5%CE%BF-P4zempXajeE.html
Sean
Sean Πριν μήνα
Honestly I want to see their full size launcher and them to get a rocket into orbit, and in that vein, when will they have an actual launch?
G4all
G4all Πριν μήνα
If this works, it could be a good cost-saving measure for moving small amounts of cargo. If it doesn't, the technology and lessons learned could be used for other things in the future. Things don't always translate from paper to the real world so easily. So if the stuff fail (not saying it will) the data provided from the practical application could inform other engineers of potential issues with their designs so they can work on how solve them. Either way, it's nothing but a good thing someone is even trying this whether it works or not.
nobody nowhere
nobody nowhere Πριν 2 ημέρες
really small amounts, if it had max load capacity of 2kg.
MiF
MiF Πριν 5 ημέρες
The payload would literally get destroyed at this G forces, your products would look like a pancake when arriving at its destination.
Carlos Garcia Cabral
Carlos Garcia Cabral Πριν 8 ημέρες
It won’t work.
Glenn Taylor
Glenn Taylor Πριν 12 ημέρες
If it had any chance of working NASA would throw money at it. Is that happening ? "crickets"
I did a thing
I did a thing Πριν μήνα
Great video! Loved the format!
Smüth Opheliac
Smüth Opheliac Πριν 23 ημέρες
Yeah I liked the part when it did the spin, make a DIY version of this
Mosq ski
Mosq ski Πριν 23 ημέρες
garage-built 3d-printed rubber-coated hand-welded dyson-vacuumed pool-cleaner pump-powered magpie-loaded artisan spinlaunch when?
Mike Oxmall
Mike Oxmall Πριν 28 ημέρες
Can you make your own rocket yeeter?
loucry81
loucry81 Πριν 28 ημέρες
You should replicate spinlaunch with launching something else like waterballoons
MoringAfterStar
MoringAfterStar Πριν μήνα
@Mika Hessling well you demonstrated you're the brains of this operation.
joe biddle
joe biddle Πριν μήνα
Thank you so much for this. It’s amazing to get some real data that shows this is actually possible! I’ve always wondered why we haven’t found another way to get a ship in motion and omit the need for the first stage. Virgin galactic sort of. 🤔 Best of luck to this team, I really hope they can pull this off x
GoldLöckchen
GoldLöckchen Πριν μήνα
5:35 "SpinLaunch aims to YEET its aeroshell..." It's so simple, yet so incredibly funny.
Samuel LP
Samuel LP Πριν μήνα
Yeah I was like whhhat??
Supermemerboi
Supermemerboi Πριν μήνα
See, the secret of the spin launch technology isn’t a crazy spinning arm, it’s ACTUALLY just a guy in a circular chamber screaming YEET at the top of his lungs and throwing rockets into space
John John
John John Πριν μήνα
The sonic boom makes it more funnier to me 😆
David Blair
David Blair Πριν μήνα
I came for a YEET reference and I was not disappointed.
i2awi
i2awi Πριν μήνα
I'm so glad others noticed that!
Zaydey Prime
Zaydey Prime Πριν 20 ημέρες
The moment the true-scaled launch succeeds, I'm guessing that people will start asking "how big can we scale it until it cannot go any further"
davidbwa
davidbwa Πριν μήνα
I am still a bit skeptical they will overcome some of the hurdles mentioned but I lack the knowledge in the associated fields to say they won't (or will). But I appreciate how you made this video. It seems fairly well balanced addressing the concerns and negatives as well as the positive and thus avoiding just being a 'hype' video. I also greatly appreciated the clear, smooth editing style instead of "flashy", jerky stuff trying too hard to look cool. In other words, thank you for not being the video equivalent of 'jazz hands'. I hate it when some channels do that.
sean pelletier
sean pelletier Πριν μήνα
nice idea to launch a second vehicle 180 degrees after the first, has anyone considered (modeled) the velocity of projectile #1 vs the velocity of projectile #2 that will be travelling in the turbulence or even partial vacuum created by projectile #1? I think if that were modeled properly, you may find a collision in every case.
Velizar Nikolov
Velizar Nikolov Πριν 15 ημέρες
Can someone explain to me ..... what should be the payload of that rocket , that can handle 10,000g ! I mean .... doesn't the things inside the rocket need to be exceptionally strong too ... just like the tether ? Because that means that the things inside it ,will be also 10,000 times heavier than their weight on the surface of the earth right? would that turn everything inside into a blended soup of things ? how does that works?🤯🤯🤯
QuesoCookies
QuesoCookies Πριν 3 ημέρες
Would love seeing this in combination with something like a space hook, so no rocket fuel or stages are spent at all. The boogeyman of our getting trapped on our planet if too much debris fills low orbit gets even scarier the more companies get in on the satellite game, so single-stage (or as the case may be zero-stage) to orbit capabilities are always looking attractive to me.
Roman R
Roman R Πριν μήνα
I do not think this is impossible, but I'm curious how they are going to deal with all those problems - one in particular I never heard answered is that g-loading is one thing, especially since g's are going to increase gradually as it spins up, but at the moment of launch payload would go from 10 000g to ~0g of ballistic trajectory in like a couple milliseconds. Wouldn't everything that is compressed like that just spring back up and destroy itself? That's something a centrifuge can't show you, as it will also have to spin down over time.
ego
ego Πριν μήνα
@Arn_Thor imagine it’s like pressing a spring down with your finger and then suddenly letting go vs gradually let it go back to its original size.
Arn_Thor
Arn_Thor Πριν μήνα
I’m not physicist but I don’t imagine the removal of g forces acts the same way as the addition of g forces. I.e the material wouldn’t violently spring back, just naturally adjust in the absence of 10,000 g.
Zakeriusiii
Zakeriusiii Πριν μήνα
As always, great video really well scripted and interesting run through an amazing project. Thanks!
Corzappy
Corzappy Πριν 8 ημέρες
Despite the fact it can't launch massive payloads, this system would still be insanely useful for countless things since right now even small payloads require big and expensive rockets.
Greg V.
Greg V. Πριν 16 ημέρες
Very nice video description and engineering application. Amazing solutions and innovations from smart engineers thinking outside the box. Very refreshing and inspiring. I'd be curious to know with current's material technology/properties, what the max teeter mass, rpm, and spin radius could be achieved. Also, at these momentum levels, is Spinlaunch concerned with any precession effects due to earth's rotation at the launch location site? I guess this is why one of the demo site had the spinning case tilted, to be aligned with earth's axis of rotation?
Donald Parker
Donald Parker Πριν μήνα
Does this become more interesting as a permanent moon based lauch facility? Maybe for Mars too (lower G and much less dense atmosphere). It would be interesting to see a feasibility assessment.
mcchristenson
mcchristenson Πριν μήνα
Now that seems more reasonable than achieving this on earth.
Dave Fish
Dave Fish Πριν μήνα
Yeah... if we had a permanent moon base where they made satellites :D
Gianluca Rossi
Gianluca Rossi Πριν μήνα
The in depth discussion about vacuum pumps was fantastic!
Kent Slocum
Kent Slocum Πριν μήνα
@Ddub1083 I understand. However, the trees in the render didn't look like Southern California.
Ddub1083
Ddub1083 Πριν μήνα
@Kent Slocum new england? Youd want to be as close to the equator as possible to gain the effects of the earths rotation. New england would be a terrible place. They are located in southern california currently I believe.
Kent Slocum
Kent Slocum Πριν μήνα
@Ddub1083 Astute observation. At the same time...the current version is not the final version. I'm sure the final version has to be remote, while also at a good latitude and longitude for rocket launchs and near the ocean for aborting launches. Does that put them in New England? I'm not well-informed enough to know.
Ddub1083
Ddub1083 Πριν μήνα
@Kent Slocum they made a whole bunch of cgi for funding discussions and they wanted to show all the videos. haha Youll notice every time they show it flinging a payload there are trees all around it but the site they are at.... clearly no trees
Kevin Russell
Kevin Russell Πριν 12 ημέρες
If they pull this off, it will be such an incredible breakthrough. Fortune favours the brave. Good luck.
Ben Goldberg
Ben Goldberg Πριν μήνα
On the subject of regenerative braking, I could imagine having two spin launch devices close to one another, and slowing one down to speed up the other.
Eicy Dee
Eicy Dee Πριν 19 ημέρες
@gdutfulkbhh That's an interesting point. There would be a few ways for this. One would be using water as a counterweight. And dumping it it somewhat evenly during at least one turn of the rotor to not damage the vacuum chamber by the impact of the water. May not work, though. And dumping water into a vacuum chamber is less than ideal. Another one would be having a very fast mechanism that corrects the imbalance. Like some weights moving to the outside of the rotor, to where the capsule was. Has the problem that these objects are also accleerated, putting massive local stress on the arm and the bearings of the moving weights. The in my point of view most likely option seems counter-intuitive: Just accept the imbalance and build the structure to handle it. From a physics standpoint, the only thing changing is that the 100000 tons of force is not exerted to the aeroshell anymore, but to the bearings of the rotor. As long as they and the mouinting structure can hold these forces, an imbalanced rotor won't cause any damage. Or more as a joke: Just use a second capsule as a counterweight and add another launch door. This will also be launched at the same moment, but with Mach 6 straight into the ground. One may fill it with stuff one really wants to get rid of, nuclear waste may be a bad idea, though.
gdutfulkbhh
gdutfulkbhh Πριν 25 ημέρες
A considerable waste of energy will come from whatever you do with the counterweight that you have to jettison at the same moment that you launch your spacecraft. (If you don’t do that, your rotor arm will destroy itself and the facility.) If you can recover the energy imparted to the counterweight, it would be worth doing. I still think this won’t progress beyond hosing down the investors, though.
ardvark84
ardvark84 Πριν μήνα
@Rusty Shakleford No.
Rusty Shakleford
Rusty Shakleford Πριν μήνα
@ardvark84 So you"re saying we need to spin a tesla into space and test its regenerative braking to get to the bottom of this?
jbirdmax
jbirdmax Πριν 12 ημέρες
WOW! What an incredibly professional, entertaining, and for mechanically inclined minds, gripping and informative documentary. Very well done! Bravo 👏
babblebam
babblebam Πριν 24 ημέρες
I wonder if they have taken into account Earth’s rotation. The tether is basically a gyroscope willing to maintain its spinning axis. As Earth rotates, there will be an increased pressure on the bearing.
Jisper Plomp
Jisper Plomp Πριν 20 ημέρες
Oooh very true, but the weight of the structure is very light right? So maybe the effect is not that large
Reggie S Vincent
Reggie S Vincent Πριν μήνα
Hope they manage to overcome all the obstacles for this to become economical. Being able to send fuel up cheaply to an orbital refueling station would open up so many options for manned missions.
Yarpen Zigrin
Yarpen Zigrin Πριν μήνα
They won't. This doesn't work in atmosphere.
Nevir202
Nevir202 Πριν μήνα
@*Mute lol
*Mute
*Mute Πριν μήνα
The main obstacle is Earth having atmosphere. I sure as hell hope they don't "overcome" its existence.
Jorge C. M.
Jorge C. M. Πριν μήνα
@Kiyoone "hahahaha HEENIEGA"
Nevir202
Nevir202 Πριν μήνα
@Codebreakerblue perhaps, but that would necessitate a larger chamber, which is a major issue, when as he said, lobbing the projectile uses less energy than the atmosphere extraction.
Dream Catcher
Dream Catcher Πριν 7 ημέρες
I am not from engineering background but the kind of engineering & technology they are putting into this is absolutely mind boggling. I am totally engrossed.
Peter Johnson
Peter Johnson Πριν 22 ημέρες
Thank you for all the work you put in to make this video. It's very illuminating, didactic and high quality.
I9387 B5742
I9387 B5742 Πριν μήνα
This is some wonderful engineering for all generations especially the younger generation. So much good things for the future! As Einstein said "“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
SP4CEBAR
SP4CEBAR Πριν μήνα
To get perfect vacuum you'd need the DVD logo molecules to bounce perfectly into the edge of the tank
mturker100
mturker100 Πριν μήνα
This was an impeccable documentary. No fat on it at all and explained exceptionally well.
KAI Watson
KAI Watson Πριν μήνα
how so 42 minutes is a lot!
life in general
life in general Πριν 27 ημέρες
This all makes perfect sense but what I can’t quite figure out right now is spinning something that weighs that much in a vacuum or otherwise and then instantly that that balance is gone so after the rocket is tossed how does it rebalance itself before it shakes itself to pieces because you can’t stop something with that much torque instantly.
Jaidev Jamwal
Jaidev Jamwal Πριν 11 ημέρες
Truly a pathbreaking launch mode. I hope they succeed.
Christian D'Abrera
Christian D'Abrera Πριν 8 ημέρες
I really liked this video but noticed that a discussion of failure modes and safety was conspicuously absent. What happens when their Mach 6 projectile fails to release at the right point? What happens if the airlock doors malfunction? How is safety of ground crew assured and damage to superstructure minimised? The concept definitely has legs but I worry that a catastrophic failure early on might spook investors.
PUSH Band
PUSH Band Πριν μήνα
Seems like you could redirect the atmospheric pressure, so that it closes the door on it's self.
Humtog
Humtog Πριν μήνα
This type of launch system was something that was in my mind since I was a 5th grader. I drew designs like these on paper with the dream to reduce the cost of launches. Another idea was basically a longer more powerful rail-gun. When I reached college, I did some calculations and came to a conclusion that it is not as feasible as I once thought it would be, and dropped that idea. Now, I am pleasantly surprised with someone attempting to make it happen against all odds & trying to push engineering to the limits! Only thing that didn't make sense was the cost per launch. How is this still more costly than the Falcon Heavy? This system cannot carry delicate stuff but the thing is If we are going to be an interplanetary civilization, we would need something to carry large amount of "dumb payload" like fuel, water, food and even construction material. But, I really thought the cost would be significantly lower as otherwise this thing is not really useful for those kinda dumb payload if Falcon heavy is able to carry it cheaper, thus rendering this only useful to launch super-hardened satellites that require specific orbits. But still, great to see someone try! Regardless of if this succeeds or not, it will be a great experiment to see. And, congrats on your first full documentary, it was very good, and kept my attention till the end. Way better than most Discovery documentaries these days.
Kyal Snell
Kyal Snell Πριν 4 ημέρες
I really love watching this content and I and really interested in it. Im still a high school student but I was wondering what sort of university course I would have to do to get more involved in this sort of stuff.
Impact Trauma
Impact Trauma Πριν 24 ημέρες
Any time I hear anything about SpinLaunch, I’m amazed it got this far, with all it’s shortcomings. 1. You can’t use it on anything living. 2. Anything launched has to be able to handle the high G forces and sudden change in forces, at launch. That means satellites have to be made extremely robust. …like building an airplane to the specifications of a battleship… 3. The launch vehicle will be extremely limiting, since it’s not scalable. If it doesn’t fit the launcher, it doesn’t fly. 4. There is no margin for error and no abort mode. If something breaks before launch velocity, you’d better pray it holds together long enough to stop the spin. If not, you get to watch the whole launcher explode in spectacular fashion. Those are just the most obvious problems…
Bear Rodriguez
Bear Rodriguez Πριν 22 ημέρες
yea man, the list is endless, i don't understand how anyone believes that spinlaunch is even viable as in idea.. let alone a concept or the terrifying thought of being actually conceived.. save the lives now, trashcan the project and stop scamming the investors lmao
Kenneth Christensen
Kenneth Christensen Πριν 24 ημέρες
They mite launch a steel ball bearing but the launch machine will tear itself apart when the launch takes place.
Son of Liberty
Son of Liberty Πριν μήνα
Very cool, very impressive. If I got the numbers right, you're talking a tether capable of lifting an aircraft carrier.
Adam Tehranchi
Adam Tehranchi Πριν 12 ημέρες
Sounds brilliant! For the atmosphere transition would a plasma window be viable? As for the counterweight problem would moving it towards the center of rotation work, or would it make the problem worse? Keep up the good work 👏🏻
Elke Ospert
Elke Ospert Πριν 6 ημέρες
The same centrifugal force which applies to the payload also applies to the counterweight. So you need a device which creates the the same amount of force just in the opposite direction to pull the counterweight to the center of rotation. But if you have a device which could create that amount of force to pull counterweight you could also use it directly to pull the payload (which has the same mass as the counterweight) into the direction you want to shoot it and the whole spinning wheel would be obsolete...
Dennis Kapatos
Dennis Kapatos Πριν μήνα
This is fantastic content about a really interesting topic. Great job.
Abd Rahman
Abd Rahman Πριν 16 ημέρες
Theoretically it's an interesting solution, but when it comes to actually launching satellites containing electronic and mechanical components, the doubt I have is how they can withstand the acceleration due to rotation before the launch ?
Bei Zhang
Bei Zhang Πριν μήνα
6 Mach is no way near orbit. The strength needed is also proportional to the square of the launch speed. I don't know how this would work.
Zezinho Dutra Balio
Zezinho Dutra Balio Πριν 19 ημέρες
If you make the launch exit duct 5 times longer it would give you 5 times more flexible delay to seal back the chamber at lower cost, and you could use more single action doors, so some doors only opens and others only close...
Greg Conquest - gc
Greg Conquest - gc Πριν μήνα
@18:54 When the secondary door closes, it appears to be a pressurized fabric, very much like a car airbag, which are also super fast in deployment. They would also release minimal air into the system. I guess once sealed, then the regular door can be more slowly slid into place. Interesting workaround for this problem.
Opmac Ace
Opmac Ace Πριν μήνα
@Hans Peter Geerdes true
Pete Fonseca
Pete Fonseca Πριν μήνα
To funny…it’s like watching a cartoon
Jari
Jari Πριν μήνα
I guess the rocket launch might be much easier at a higher altitude and not sea level launches - I would guess 5-6 km up at Atacama desert in chile would be ideal - maybe its cheaper to lauch from sea - dont know rather than doing from a mountain
Dirk Karmel
Dirk Karmel Πριν μήνα
btw While vacuum might be needed to increase velocities, nothing says: air exchange must use same system ! ?? Sample ?? -- Air is vacuumed, to pull the object -- Air is returned, to push the object
Dirk Karmel
Dirk Karmel Πριν μήνα
@Stefan Van pellicom Need to watch full video, to find their solution to this basic problem. Instead of opening against a vacuum, should consider opening thanks to the vacuum ! ??? Possible ??? 2 doors that lock while closed. -- When system is ballanced: 1st door CAN open, and 2nd door is locked. -- When system is fully unbalanced 1st door is locked, and 2nd door WILL be forced open. -- While 1st door needs to be solid, 2nd door can be temporary.
002
002 Πριν 19 ημέρες
im just looking at all these novel launch systems and cant help but to think that the military would reeeeaaaaally like to get their hands on these once thei're fully developed. Great video as always brian
Kenneth Halverson
Kenneth Halverson Πριν μήνα
Use an electromagnetic sleeve after you launch it to grab onto it and help introduce it into the atmosphere atmosphere you probably get a boost as well
Muhamad Ridho Maulana Mustaqim
Muhamad Ridho Maulana Mustaqim Πριν 18 ημέρες
man, so futuristic! someone's going to make a weapon out of this for sure
Justin W
Justin W Πριν μήνα
You can increase various strengths in carbon fiber composites by adding in carbonized cellulose nanocrystals into the epoxy resin. CNC's are relatively easy and inexpensive to make in bulk, (and they have graphene like qualities when graphitized and carbon nanotube like properties when carbonized). The carbonization part is more energy intensive, but building vacuum insulated Solar concentrator ovens or the like, seems like it would be a cake walk for this team. Btw, a tip for getting high quality CNC material is to start off with a good raw material to begin with that is high in the crystalline cellulose. A lot of industry uses waste wood pulp which has low levels of this. But on the other hand, a lot of natural textile plant fibers we already use, such as flax, jute, hemp, cotton, etc are already pretty high in crystalline cellulose--usually anywhere from around 60 to 70 or so percent of total material. And you certainly can use waste sources of these. Oh, and since these materials are more thermally conductive than regular carbon and graphites, it would help with any potential overheating issues some by more rapidly dissipating and spreading out heat energy in the structure (if say the system malfunctioned and doors didn't close fast enough or what not).
Skyeline
Skyeline Πριν μήνα
I will admit, this video answered my questions about the door mechanism (which was only a membrane before). Many other aspects of the system are clearly feasible, such as the low atmosphere vessel, and energy requirements. However, I do not feel like the enough information was given on how the vehicle/payload would deal with high shock events, and they are clearly hiding their release mechanism design. And yes, that release mechanism will be proprietary, but it should be the biggest concern for potential investors, as the loads it must endure are very high and it must release the vehicle in nearly an instant without imparting any significant torque. I still don't believe the project can scale up, but I will be happy to be proven wrong, if they can pull it off.
arfink
arfink Πριν μήνα
@Peter Samuelson those tail vanes slamming into air at hypersonic velocity should help impart the required torque.
Polygon Tower
Polygon Tower Πριν μήνα
@AnyBodyWannaPeanut Someone is wrong here The past tense of steal is stole not stolen and the past participle is stolen
Peter Samuelson
Peter Samuelson Πριν μήνα
No significant torque? Depends how you define significant, I guess. The object at release time has angular momentum of 450 RPM. If the release mechanism doesn't impart an _enormous_ torque as it releases, the rocket will tumble at 450 RPM, or 7.5 end-over-end rotations per second. So, yeah. Within a fraction of a second at launch time, it will have to go from 450 RPM to zero angular momentum, somehow. Stopping something from spinning 450 RPM isn't that bad ... but this has to happen in a very short span of time and distance.
Ethan Norton
Ethan Norton Πριν μήνα
@Logarithm If you're spinning up the small rocket to mach 6 and getting it to 72 km you're already 72% of the way to space and only using $500k to get there the rocket would have to be tiny even to get something to arount 160 km. The cost of using a 747 to get to only 15% of the way and dropping the rocket moving at only around 490 knots (.89 mach) and accelerating from there is much more expensive. For refrence the speed needed for a stable low earth orbit is mach 20. The 747's hourly operating cost is around $26k per hour (source aircraftcostcalculator.com) plus up front costs for the plane plus launch vehicle costs. Spin launch would be astronomically cheaper due to minimal launch vehicle cost and a few million dollars for a mach 6 vaccumized centrifuge. Edit: virgin orbit's launcher one is planned to be $12 million dollars per launch. The cost of the centrifuge will likely be around that as an up front cost plus $500k per spin. The boeing 747 costs $20 million plus the 12 for launcher one.
Garrett Kajmowicz
Garrett Kajmowicz Πριν μήνα
G-forces are weird. Depending upon the deformation of an object it can experience 10,000 gs simply from falling a few feet and hitting a hard rigid surface. There's a bunch of math to do here, but I think it's far less worrisome than most people exist. The big problem with gs is for people. Meat puppets don't like high acceleration forces.
eli goldman
eli goldman Πριν 27 ημέρες
I’d be interested from a mechanical standpoint how long a door operating at that force would last. It can’t last so long as the amount of sheer force it would experience would drastically reduce is life span of being property able to seal.
Marc McReynolds
Marc McReynolds Πριν 27 ημέρες
Aircraft parts which are subjected to loads far greater than that are generally good for between thousands and tens of thousands of cycles. The right sort of (replaceable) elastomer seal will go a long ways towards limiting peak loads.
The Real ÓDonovan
The Real ÓDonovan Πριν μήνα
This video doesn't even touch on one MAJOR (perhaps THE major) application for this technology. At some point, there is going to be more traffic going to and from Earth than from Earth's surface to Earth orbit. Put one of these in Earth orbit and in another in lunar orbit (or even MARS orbit), and you could supply research facilities on a very low budget. Moon base (& Mars base?), here we come!
Serge Frechette
Serge Frechette Πριν 28 ημέρες
I’m wondering ,if the spin propels the ballistic device , what if it was further aided by an electromagnetic booster of some kind. Anyhow this is fantastic . Makes one think of the possibilities of defeating costs of defeating gravity.
Mom Amanda
Mom Amanda Πριν μήνα
Just throw a rocket from planet to planet lol But seriously tho, this is awesome stuff! I really hope their work pays off and they will be successful with their goals! There might be problems in their way, but problems are meant to be solved, not thought of being impossible
Oncorhynchus nerka
Oncorhynchus nerka Πριν μήνα
There has to be an error in the altitude vs time graph at 32:16… they’re going at Mach 6 (i.e. 2 km/s at MSL), yet you have them riding up to nearly 80 km of altitude in just 1 second. At that point you’ve got an interplanetary mass driver on your hands
A. Clifton
A. Clifton Πριν 21 ημέρα
They're definitely not hitting mach 6 lmao
Drakthar
Drakthar Πριν μήνα
True, if that was actually in seconds, the launch would happen at 80 km/s, which is insane.
Canaan Winthrop
Canaan Winthrop Πριν μήνα
Massive errors are fine. This isn’t rocket science…
Bert Veening
Bert Veening Πριν μήνα
@James Jeffrey "maybe we can use the launcher to shoot spent nuclear fuel pellets into the sun giving our solar system more fuel to say thanks." One "small" problem with that, the sun is powered by fusion, not fission so those spent nuclear fuel pellets will have a negative impact on the sun's fuel situation.
Peter Demkiw
Peter Demkiw Πριν μήνα
That's not true, please go and watch the video he did on the mars helicopter, he never said it wouldn't work, get your fact correct.
Driftingsiax
Driftingsiax Πριν 25 ημέρες
I absolutely love that the heart of this concept is “let’s just throw it.”
gz
gz Πριν 9 ημέρες
let's throw it really really hard
Mrdresden
Mrdresden Πριν μήνα
Fantastic content, thank you for this! Hope they figure out how to make this work
paulo sergio
paulo sergio Πριν μήνα
Why the possibility of launching projectile using magnetic tunneling has never being discussed?
R1PPA-C-Official
R1PPA-C-Official Πριν μήνα
Brilliant format Documentary... I often find myself skipping parts of documentary or anything I watch as I'm usually short of time and know what's even spoken about.. But not this time.. Really good video boys Subbed 💪🏻
Chris Evil
Chris Evil Πριν μήνα
an orbital YEET launch system is probably the coolest thing i've heard yet. hopefully they're able to overcome the many barriers to space flight and become a viable solution.
Yarpen Zigrin
Yarpen Zigrin Πριν μήνα
They won't.
Gangfire
Gangfire Πριν μήνα
Very cool, but for me a thunderwell is cooler.
Chad King87
Chad King87 Πριν μήνα
@Kodfk Dleepd give me money poor man
Kodfk Dleepd
Kodfk Dleepd Πριν μήνα
@Yuuto Nosuri Yes, always give billionaires your money, they need it real bad! They are suffering because they lack the ability to do great things. Please give at least 10% of your money to the next billionaire so he can help save humanity! They work really hard, like about 39843 hours a week typically so deserve more money to help them be happy.
Yuuto Nosuri
Yuuto Nosuri Πριν μήνα
@Kodfk Dleepd just ask a billionaire lol
xshadow
xshadow Πριν 24 ημέρες
I think longer launch tube can fix the vacuum retaining problem. Second launch door will have enough time to open while the fist door will be already closed. And only the launch tube will have some air in it can be revacuumed rather than the whole chamber. But it may increase the cost of overall syste..
Max Krzyzanowski
Max Krzyzanowski Πριν 16 ημέρες
Phenomenal examination of this system. Many thanks.
Tom Bard
Tom Bard Πριν μήνα
Hypersonic lawn darts! I love it! Thanks for the video helps out with the doubts in this technology. It looks like there are still some complex issues to solve though.
Charles Young
Charles Young Πριν μήνα
One would think the launch facility should be well away from airports.
LiteralSkosh
LiteralSkosh Πριν μήνα
Don’t usually comment but you did an awesome job and I really enjoyed this video.
Shadow Cat
Shadow Cat Πριν μήνα
This launch system will really find use when launching from airless moons.
William Perry
William Perry Πριν μήνα
Yes, that's the only way this could work. Shooting compressed molten balls of carbon fiber from earth isn't possible
no u
no u Πριν μήνα
69th reply
_picklesticks
_picklesticks Πριν μήνα
how are you getting there?
TheRainHarvester
TheRainHarvester Πριν μήνα
@Christopher Spotts you're right! I was just being comical.
Christopher Spotts
Christopher Spotts Πριν μήνα
@TheRainHarvester I'm not sure what you're answering with that one word as I replied several times in this thread, but passengers really are the least of our worries with regard to space travel in the next few decades. Any form of infrastructure in space is going to be *far* more cargo-centric than human-centric. If you can lift everything with a kinetic system like SpinLaunch it's pretty trivial to send a pod with people up after, and probably far more cost effective than developing a space elevator would be.
T
T Πριν μήνα
What an fascinating concept. It reminds me of a TED talk on launching satellites from a gas gun - the part that really stuck out to me there is that it's remarkably easy to build high g tolerant electronics. In fact that shouldn't be a surprise as artillery shells have had electronics since WWII proximity fuses and modern surface mount electronis should be a lot more high g tolerant than the WW2 era vacuum tubes equivalents. E.g. an M982 Excalibur round has GPS, INS and fins that deploy and steer for a glide. The gas gun guys reckoned you only needed some epoxy on the sharp corners of surface mounted components, i.e. it was a problem with well known solutions.
David Seal
David Seal Πριν μήνα
See the movie " doomsday gun" 1994....
Kris tian
Kris tian Πριν μήνα
Could you have some type of mechanical latch that catch the "exit door", preventing it to "settle" when it closes. Or will the residiual vacuum in the chamber make sure that it remains closed instantly?
Richard Casto
Richard Casto Πριν μήνα
While that door was fast, as you note, it has significant bounce. It reminds me of firearm bolts that must close and lock into battery in a very short amount of time. I think there is a lot of room for optimization of that inner door. For example a sealing system that sits above the final position that captures, seals, moves with and helps decelerate the door as it settles into its final and locked position. Making the door as light as possible helps with acceleration and deceleration.
Terry Goyan
Terry Goyan Πριν μήνα
Can you explain at what angle the launches occur? Rocket launches look vertical whereas the spin launches appear be at an incident angle to the surface of the earth. The expendable counter mass must be somewhere close to the mass of the projectile. That seems like an enormous amount of energy to release. Maybe if they could launch two satellites at the same time, if the bearings can truly endure a half rotation in an unbalanced state.......Amazing rethink of the trebuchet!
Bert Veening
Bert Veening Πριν μήνα
As I understand it, they can aim the exit, but it should be mostly upward to get through the thickest part of the atmosphere as quickly as possible.
Human Person
Human Person Πριν 17 ημέρες
I watched the first Space Shuttle launch considering it an unlikely assemblage. Though the design parameters are obviously very different, SpinLaunch gives me great confidence. It's an "engineering intellectual" achievement. Your answers are before you.
Cordell Blaine
Cordell Blaine Πριν μήνα
Amazing explanation of SpinLaunch, their challenges and their feats thus far!
Johnny B
Johnny B Πριν 2 ημέρες
Great! Next thing to do is to try to put passangers in it :D
Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson Πριν μήνα
This is great. I did some simple sketches for a vertical tube in the ocean that gets a rocket up to 422 miles per hour by the time it leaves the end. A giant piston would push the rocket upward. Solid rocket boosters could supply the tremendous volume and pressure needed to get 6G acceleration over 1000 feet length of tube.
Street Skater 66
Street Skater 66 Πριν 28 ημέρες
😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂loon
Dmitry Zinenko
Dmitry Zinenko Πριν μήνα
A good video, but at 32:17 you show a graph putting the payload at 80 km altitude within 1 second from the launch. 80 km/s is way too fast (~Mach 233). And at 33:26 you show another graph showing that the aeroshell is dropped at this altitude after ~70 seconds.
Johannes Pitz
Johannes Pitz Πριν μήνα
The first graph should have minutes on the x axis. but they also say the thing loses 1150 m/s due to gravity and drag but on the second graph it separates at well over 1000 m/s (although launched with ~2000)...
g heart
g heart Πριν 27 ημέρες
You should engineer a zep covered in solar for motors etc. Build a J cell for hydrogen lift n boom, your floating infinitely. Hydrogen implodes, so not covering the zep in flammable paint, it should be fairly safe with the new lightning tecth. Dehumidifier system for water. You should build it!! Nice vid, thanks!
Jeremy Seelinger Devey
Jeremy Seelinger Devey Πριν μήνα
I love this channel. The topics range from the forward-looking (e.g. this video) to the topical (technologies to decarbonize and counter climate change) to the plane fun ("the A10 Warthog is amazing!!!"). The approach is practical and problem-oriented, never skimping on underlying principles, but always remaining accessible to dilitantes like myself. I'm so happy for the channel's success and wish the team all the best going forward. This first doc is fantastic. Keep up the good work!
The wjkgreen
The wjkgreen Πριν μήνα
Technically speaking, a satellite isn't a satellite until it is in orbit. Moons are satellites. A more suitable title would have been : "Can We Throw Probes into Earth's Orbit."
Happy Gilmore
Happy Gilmore Πριν μήνα
So cool! I wish these guys the best in their endeavors. This tech will benefit all of mankind
Robert Cook
Robert Cook Πριν μήνα
Happy Gilmore Yes, there's many issues to deal with but the knowledge gained will be good and who knows what will be discovered.........
Leonard Greenpaw
Leonard Greenpaw Πριν 22 ημέρες
I recall hearing that we used to try throwing rockets into space during the early years too. And have the launch explosions under the platform. All this just because they didnt want to fund nerva :/
Leonard Snebold
Leonard Snebold Πριν μήνα
That problem of eliminating the weight of the rocket fuel to make launching payloads into space I have been thinking about for quite a while now. And I came up with the idea of making a several mile long electro- magnetic rail inside a large vacuum tube. That would get a payload going at supersonic speed before it even leaves the ground. .And have the end of the rail gradually head vertically.
Bryan Jy
Bryan Jy Πριν μήνα
When I saw the concept way back months ago, I was very skeptical. I thought it is something that would only exist in dreams. Never really thought that engineers would consider building this
Filip Višnić
Filip Višnić Πριν 8 ημέρες
This is great. It could be used for launcing nuclear waste into a Sun since using fuel rockets is too expensive for that.
Elke Ospert
Elke Ospert Πριν 6 ημέρες
It could not even lllauch a very small satellite into an low orbit without using a additional rocket. And if anything goes wrong in the launch (the payload is released one millisecond to early) you would throw radioactive waste to the earth.
Trevor van Bremen
Trevor van Bremen Πριν μήνα
I'm wondering whether the 'spin launch' concept ends up making good use of the 'launch from a mountain top' concept (a.k.a. raising the launch altitude) in order to minimize the amount of time spent in the higher density / pressure lower altitudes. (It's never been significant for 'traditional' rocketry, but perhaps it becomes more significant when there's no thrust provided for the first few dozen kilometers)
bikerdude923
bikerdude923 Πριν μήνα
If I remember correctly their launch facility is in NM which already sits at an altitude of 3-6k feet above MSL, which would be about 2-3psi lower pressure than at sea level and if they built it on top of a 14000 foot peak in CO that would lower the pressure an additional 4psi for a total of 6-8 psi lower than MSL so mathematically it might make a difference. However traveling a their projected Mach 6 launch speed and ignoring velocity loss for a moment and assuming that the launch site is at 5k ft MSL the projectile would traverse that difference in altitude in about a second (Mach 6 = 6750ft/sec) going straight up (I assume vertical launch because with system like this you aren't gaining velocity as you climb unlike a traditional rocket that has to reach escape velocity and therefore has to angle its trajectory to gain enough distance to accelerate up to speed, but I'm not a rocket surgeon so not sure about my SWAG there). So again maybe it makes a small difference in efficiency to launch from a higher alt. but there is also the feasibility issue of trying to build something on top of a mtn and I would hazard a guess that the gains from launching at alt. compared to the cost of trying to build and operate a facility at alt. make the idea impractical, we're talking marginal gains for exponentially higher costs.
Eddie Edwards
Eddie Edwards Πριν 15 ημέρες
The exit door mechanism should be cylindrical by design. It would only require one section to be cut out. As its rotated opening would synchronise with the projectile upon release, allowing the projectile to enter cylindrical door mechanism. By which point the entry point is sealed and the opening spins to the topper most chamber offering an exit to the outer atmosphere. Encircle the exhaust or exit with gigawatt strobe charged lazers will then provide for greatly superior ballistics characteristics by modifying the trajectories intended path and momentarily lowering friction throughout the trajectory's path.
robert trahan
robert trahan Πριν μήνα
the best aproach i see is to make a flywheel so as to take up the space in the chamber and recover the energy after launch and get the tether strength out of the equation also less problems to over come with the counter weight upon release it won't tear apart the tether with the vibration or ripple effect. just a thought like the progress your getting to keep up the good work
Bert Veening
Bert Veening Πριν μήνα
I suggest you calculate the strength necessary to keep a flywheel from coming apart at those speeds. Energy recovery is not their problem as yet.
Michael Imbesi
Michael Imbesi Πριν μήνα
I’m surprised that they didn’t just call a shipyard for the vacuum chamber. The double bottom tanks on ships are built to withstand more than 1 atm of pressure because of hydrostatic loads, and shipyards will have the experience, equipment, and workforce to easily and cheaply produce something like that.
Dave Fish
Dave Fish Πριν μήνα
@Lakin Moser yeah literally. The vacuum chamber needs to be built in situ. You can't practically and cheaply build something that big in a shipyeard and haul it into the desert. Easier to have the welders come to you.
K W
K W Πριν μήνα
@Lakin Moser did you just gloss over my last comment?
K W
K W Πριν μήνα
@Lakin Moser Vacuum is the difference between outside pressure and inside pressure. So technically, a submarine would be a vac chamber because it’s lower than the local exterior pressure. Outside in our atmosphere, anything less than 1 bar is considered a vacuum. Yes, the weight of the atmosphere is putting pressure on the outside of the chamber walls. You’re description isn’t wrong. Neither was mine.
Lakin Moser
Lakin Moser Πριν μήνα
@K W designing for vacuum simply means designing for pressure on the opposite side of whatever membrane is holding that vacuum. Vacuum exerts zero force on a container. The pressure outside of a vacuum container does.
Lakin Moser
Lakin Moser Πριν μήνα
@NBSV1 I’m well aware of that, but we’re talking about the Spin Launch launcher, which is a vessel that holds internal vacuum, ie external pressure. At absolutely no point in this discussion were internally pressurized volumes brought up, and they are completely irrelevant in context.
msi
msi Πριν μήνα
The amount of times the interviewed guy says "you know" just makes it so hard to go through the whole length of this super interesting release.
Ronald Njiswe
Ronald Njiswe Πριν 22 ημέρες
Going for my first year in Aircraft and rocket engines design. I always find your videos helpful and inspiring and im constantly motivated to become an innovative engineer. Thank you Brian!
Kevin Stewart
Kevin Stewart Πριν μήνα
My question since I first heard of this, given all the technical challenges with creating such a vacuum, and such, would it not solve many issues if you could mount this on a 20000 foot mountain?
Kevin Stewart
Kevin Stewart Πριν 19 ημέρες
@Friday Californiaa fair enough that that would be a challenge. Of course they would probably have to wade through international politics and paperwork to get a good location to. But if they could do it, it seems like a solution to many of the other challenges
Friday Californiaa
Friday Californiaa Πριν μήνα
The thing is that they would have to ship all the facilities to a high altitude place, and I guess that doesn't make the project really cheap enough.
Andrew Patterson
Andrew Patterson Πριν 24 ημέρες
Had this idea a couple of years ago ( except with an elevator mechanism, and the projectile launched in a vertical vacuum tube). Wonder if launching from a very tall mountain and spinning up the projectile like a football on launch would help with the initial shock of exiting the vacuum. You can see the rocket wobbling and losing tons of inertia as soon as it leaves the vacuum chamber.
Gabe C
Gabe C Πριν 19 ημέρες
Part of the problem is the speed they are launching at, as in it is too low. That wobbly launch was performed very close to mach 1, and transonic forces are notorious for creating these sort of unstable aerodynamic forces. The issue is somewhat self correcting due to the aerodynamic profile of the vessel, only resulting in a relatively minor loss of efficiency at initial launch.
Matthew Watt
Matthew Watt Πριν 16 ημέρες
I really worry for those thick CFRP sections. It's true it can support the tensile strength in theory, but the failure mechanisms of composites are far more complicated than an isotropic metallic. A section this thick must have good enough consolidation otherwise it'll simply delaminate at these loads. I hope they've done some SERIOUS testing account for all mechanisms.
Mike Jones
Mike Jones Πριν μήνα
I wonder if space travel would be possible if a containment pod for astronauts could be positioned inside of a large gyroscope apparatus to counteract the unsurvivable G-forces required for successful launch, perhaps only needing small booster rockets for course-correction and reentry positioning.
Nobody
Nobody Πριν μήνα
It is principally a good idea to give rockets initial kinetic energy. Since the super conductor is available, it seems to be the cheapest for me to use it. It can look like hyperloop by Iron Musk, with the modification of throwing it into the sky in the end. Theoretically we could have huge payload with the system, because the energy for the acceleration comes from the railways. A rocket can be as long as Japanese train - which means that we could launch lots of Starlink satellites at once. ( orbit correction should be done for each individual satellite in the space)
S. Giles
S. Giles Πριν 27 ημέρες
Could a smaller version of this be mounted on an aircraft?
Brian Ressler
Brian Ressler Πριν μήνα
It'll be crazy to seem them pull this one off, hope they can do it cause it would have massive implications for small sats without the need for massive quantities of propellant. Of Course who knows if it would work, there are tons of challenges to overcome, not to mention earth's gravity and the atmosphere
Dave Fish
Dave Fish Πριν μήνα
@Esther Merriken If you were just hauling construction materials like solid blocks of aluminium then you would not even need to worry about heat sheilding since the block of aluminium could reach 1000 degrees without being damaged. You could just have the whole nose cone as one block of aluminium. The material still being very hot from its trip through the atmoshpere might actually be helpful for a construction process which is already taking place.
Brian Ressler
Brian Ressler Πριν μήνα
@Esther Merriken thanks for the clarification makes sense, obviously I'm not some kind of rocket scientist
Esther Merriken
Esther Merriken Πριν μήνα
Not sats - *payloads*. Solid masses of stuff that are expensive to transport, like water and raw materials for space construction. Save the rockets for squishy stuff that doesn't like high g for long periods of time. Like humans!
Michael Davison
Michael Davison Πριν μήνα
I'm sure that someone has done the maths, but mach 6 is the sort of speed that makes air as thick as concrete. Most high mach planes are very very 'pointy' and only achieve high speed at altitudes where there is basically no air. The projectile is going to get very hot and very slow moments after it starts to fly. As I said, someone has no doubt considered everything I might consider - but I will still only believe it when I see it. The drag and friction seems overwhelming, intuitively.
Dave Fish
Dave Fish Πριν μήνα
Intuition < Testing. They built a 1/3 scale model and are testing it, to gain an understanding of what the real-world effects of drag and friction at full scale will be. I think the results will surprise you.
13th Raven Purple
13th Raven Purple Πριν μήνα
Great work 🥳 Thank youuu 💜
joshuac717
joshuac717 Πριν μήνα
Amazing. Thank you for this content.
BGS Member
BGS Member Πριν μήνα
I actually thought of a similar concept over 20 years ago, except using it in space (near zero g's). You could use solar power and/or ion engines, and take advantage of centrifugal force (zero friction) in space to gradually accelerate a payload, then slingshot it.
BGS Member
BGS Member Πριν 23 ημέρες
@Cynthetic Yes, of course it would. But there's more to it than I revealed. I could give up the secret sauce to how it would work, but there's nothing in it for me and so why bother. We live in oligarchical/communist society where individuals aren't rewarded with much more than table scraps, and I'd rather take my ideas to the grave than make someone else rich.
Cynthetic
Cynthetic Πριν 23 ημέρες
Wouldn't that spin itself? Newton's first law, unless the spinlauncher is massive which would be expensive
TheLegend-E
TheLegend-E Πριν μήνα
It’s 2 AM here, I originally started this video expecting to pause it after 5 mins to finish in the morning. Was so enthralled that I watched the whole thing in one go! Well done to yous all that worked on this, and best of luck to spinlaunch.
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