Do you consider this a feasible clean energy technology for the future?
The idea is complex yet doable in a 24 hour cycle never that's ending. We would have this large facility in Nevada or open plains type places with crafts the size of large kayaks made out of graphene,titanium and many electrode conductors. A rail gun type device would shoot these things into low earth orbit for a 17,000 mph rotation harnessing orbital energy with magnetic rotors and gyroscopes into the craft which is some high tech lithium battery. Return from either a half or full orbit will be AI guided with propellant and parachutes for collection by workers and shipment to facilities what do you think?
- az_lenderLv 71 month agoFavourite answer
The only energy you're going to get from the ORBIT is a part of the energy that you expended in launching the aircraft or spacecraft. All my adult life I've been hearing from persons who think we can extract energy from the earth's gravitational field, without spending an equal or greater amount of energy to achieve it. You are wrong.
- Jim MoorLv 71 month ago
We already have a functioning Fusion Reactor, the Sun.
We just need to make better use of it, and control our population.
- Anonymous1 month ago
You'll lose money faster than Elon Musk and that's saying something.
- PhilomelLv 71 month ago
It will take more energy to launch the vehicle than you can collect from the scheme.
It would be a great way to convert a large fortune into a small one.
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- Anonymous1 month ago
This is perfect example, when you end of spending more energy than produced.
- Andrew SmithLv 71 month ago
Let us imagine that somehow you could get this to work. Fine. Where does the energy come from? From the orbital energy of the spacecraft. Which was what was put into it when it was launched. So this spacecraft lowers its orbit and falls to the earth releasing SOME of the energy that the gun put into it.
- Steve4PhysicsLv 71 month ago
Well done. I love the elegant simplicity. Obvious when you think about it - I'm surprised no one has thought of it before.
- ?Lv 71 month ago
Doesnt seem practical. A railgun would require more energy than could possibly be generated from an orbiting body, and it would be extremely inefficient to have to recover these craft and return them to a facility to put their power on to the grid.
- Mr. SmartypantsLv 71 month ago
LOL! Who are you, Jules Verne? 8^)
Too many moving parts. Plus I think it would take more energy to shoot the kayaks into space than you'd get back. Plus you'd occasionally have a failure that could take out a neighborhood.
Then again, try explaining a microprocessor to someone even 100 years ago.