“This is a really cool concept, but it’s not clear whether it will make its way off the drawing board.”

The maglev rocket launcher proposal

#Space

Mon, Feb 27th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

While it probably won't work, Inverse looks over at the idea of YouTubber PatentYogi who proposes building a system similar to Elon Musk's Hyperlook to launch rockets into space. Regardless, it is an interesting idea.

This latest project involves angling a maglev track towards the sky and accelerating a reusable capsule to Earth’s escape velocity. Since rocket fuel for take-off and reentry takes up a huge amount of space and weight in current spacecrafts, using a non-chemical propellant for liftoff would represent a huge advantage, increasing the amount of fuel that could be used for actual transit, and therefore the potential range of spacecrafts. And while such a large structure as Powell proposes would require significant initial investment, the lack of fuel and fuel tanks would lower the cost of each launch. Launches would also be safer without the risk of explosions during fueling.

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