Doug Jones writes:
> Best angle = 0, whether launching to escape or to low lunar orbit
> (LLO allows much looser trajectory control due to shorter time of
Thanks! (I'm useless with orbital mechanics).
Obviously LLO is sufficient, since one can use solar sails or plasma drives to go from there.
> > Another nice point about a linear mass driver is that in the simplest
> > implementation it is just a linear array of identical modules:
> The trouble is, they *cannot* be identical; to get even low
> efficiency the inductance, capacitance, and initial voltage on the
> caps must vary along the length. Also, the switching speeds are the
Isn't this primarily a timing problem? I.e. in the simplest implementation a sequence of axially aligned, sequentially fired solenoids, firing a ferromagnetic brick?
> most critical design driver- solid state relays of the speed and
> power needed aren't cheap. I can dig up detail information if
How much power can we switch with a triggered arc discharge?
> anyone is really truly interested.
If this is not too much trouble on your part, please do.