Space Launch System

Detail illustration showing Space Launch System at 80 degrees of elevation to the horizontal.  Human size figures are shown in lower left corner of image.
This series of images shows a large conceptual slingatron mounted on a base structure so that it can be tilted to launch large L/D hypervelocity projectiles at various elevation angles.  The HV Sling can also be rotated on its base so that projectiles can be launched in any direction as well as elevation angle.  For this example we chose the outer diameter of the toroidal container to be about 40 meters so that the machine would be capable of launching 100 kg projectiles at > 6 km/sec.  For a swing speed of 400 meters/sec, the projectile velocity gained per turn would then be about 2 km/sec/turn so that 3 spiral turns mounted on their distributed swing arms would suffice to reach the desired 6 km/sec.  The gyrating structure comprising the spiral tube and its swing arms would also orbit in rarefied air or a low atomic weight gas (such as Helium) contained in the toroidal chamber to minimize drag on the gyrating sling tube and swing arms.  Projectiles with very large (length/diameter) ratio would be used for penetration through the atmosphere into space.  These projectiles are described in L/D Projectile section and accelerate in a flexible condition so that they conform to the curved slingatron tube during acceleration, but lock into a rigid straight condition upon exit from the launcher.  They also slide on a gas bearing film for low friction while inside the slingatron mass accelerator.

Detail illustration showing Space Launch System at 35 degrees of elevation.

Additional image of system with azimuth variation.

Images of ranges of motion of system in both azimuth and elevation.

Detail illustration of support rail and wheel system for azimuth adjustment

Illustration of large L/D projectile launch from system.

Additional illustration of large L/D projectile launch from system.

Slingatron Mass Accelerators  A Mechanical, Hypervelocity, Rapid Fire, Scalable Sling

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Slingatron Mass Accelerators  A Mechanical, Hypervelocity, Rapid Fire, Scalable Sling

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