Wednesday, 11 October 2006

Slingshot into space

Commercial space travel is on the up. You can now use Russian rockets to go to the International Space Station, just recently Richard Branson launched Virgin Galactic and more and more companies join the party. But space travel is a costly business. And scientist are looking at easier and cheaper ways of getting to space. The answer may be here.

A new study by the US Air Force proved that an enormous ring of superconducting magnets similar to a particle accelerator could fling satellites into space.

Due to the heavy G-forces it may not be suitable for humans just yet, so before we all can go to the moon they better invent those dampening fields.

Original link by DesignVerb

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