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Wednesday, October 4, 2006

 

Huge ‘launch ring’ to fling satellites into orbit

`An enormous ring of superconducting magnets similar to a particle accelerator could fling satellites into space, or perhaps weapons around the world, suggest the findings of a new study funded by the US air force. [..]

The tunnel would direct the cone to a ramp angled at 30 to the horizon, where the cone would launch towards space at about 8 kilometres per second, or more than 23 times the speed of sound. A rocket at the back end of the cone would be used to adjust its trajectory and place it in a proper orbit.’




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