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10 New Ways to Travel to Space

10 New Ways to Travel to Space

Nowadays, the only way to get to space is a rocket. But apparently, in the near future, there might be some new and bizarre ways to leave the Earth’s atmosphere. Space elevators? Why not? It would be connected to an asteroid or a space station by four to six massive cables.

Catapults? Well, it’s actually a massive centrifuge, spinning at high speed. NASA once tested similar technology but, eventually, came to the conclusion that it was less reliable than good old rockets. But who knows? Okay, what else? Oh, balloons! Yep, no breakthrough technologies, just a large helium balloon that would fly to the stratosphere, and then to space. Interested? So here are 10 innovative ways to get to space.

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A Catapult 0:23
A Space Elevator 0:57
A Balloon 1:42
An Orbital Ring 2:18
A Skyhook 3:02
An Airplane 3:37
A Space Fountain 4:10
A Space Cannon 5:15
A Launch Loop 5:52
A Mass Driver 6:24
How you can do it right away 7:02

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– The main challenge for the catapult technology is the strong air resistance, which could prevent the load from jostling through the upper atmosphere.
– A space elevator would travel from platform to platform at a speed of thousands of miles per hour. These platforms would be located both in the upper atmosphere and open space.
– It would take no less than two hours for the balloon to reach space. For comparison, rockets can make it in four minutes. Hey for $75,000 bucks, I’ll take the two hours.
– The principle of the orbital ring would be similar to that of the space elevator. On the other hand, the gigantic ring would circle the planet, with several points connecting it to ground stations on Earth.
– Can you picture a giant fishing hook (no, even bigger!) which extends all the way from space, and stops somewhere in the Earth’s atmosphere? It’s considered to be a mini-version of the space elevator: after all, it follows the same principle.
– The chances are that a hypersonic plane with a jet engine that could turn into a rocket would be able to fly into space.
– A space fountain would resemble the space elevator, only without the elevator. There would be space and ground stations.
– A space cannon could shoot payloads right into space. One of the proposals is to build a 3,600-ft-long space projectile and place it somewhere below the sea at the equator.
– A space train would set off from one side of the loop, and by the time it reached the middle of the track, it would already be in space. Unfortunately, the construction would cost a fortune to build.
– A mass driver wouldn’t have any wheels – instead, large magnets would help the driver to slide over the rails. The so-called train would move inside a tube, the top of which would reach the upper atmosphere.

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