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Amazon patents new way to get into space

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Post by Pikaia » Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:23 am

https://www.geekwire.com/2020/whip-good ... air-orbit/

"Never let it be said that Amazon Prime Air VP Gur Kimchi thinks small: His latest patent lays out a plan for a launch system that could theoretically send payloads into space on the end of a miles-long whip, guided by a phalanx of drones attached to the lash."

What could possibly go wrong?

Unfortunately it seems to require room-temperature superconducting wire, so I am not holding my breath.
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Post by notFritzArgelander » Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:34 am

Only 2-3% of patents result in products. Hopefully that will keep us safe? :lol:

Everyone wants room temperature superconductors. :) But they aren't here yet....
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Post by pakarinen » Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:04 pm

Doesn't sound any crazier to me than a space elevator. Maybe less.
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Post by helicon » Sat Feb 15, 2020 3:12 pm

Space Elevator:

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