My project is researching and looking at the possibilities of a large tether being constructed in space, the physics behind it, and the benefits and risks of such a station.
I intend to conduct a thorough analysis of the tether by calculating the physics of a tether, such as at what height it orbits the earth, how fast, and if it could rotate while in low orbit, thereby providing an even greater velocity boost to space vehicles.
Getting into space, after decades of research and development, is still extremely expensive and hard to do. Not only that, it's incredibly inefficient. Using information SpaceX provides on their website, the mass of the payload compared to the overall mass of the rocket is only around 4%. Given that it costs about 60 million dollars to hitch a ride, that's a lot of money spent to get only a tiny bit of materials and equipment into space. We need to reimagine space travel, and look at it on a new angle.
Here's the procedure of my experiment! You can also find it in the beginning of my lab report!
Lab Report / Experiment
Here's my analysis of my experiment/demonstration. You can also view the footage I recorded of myself while conducting the experiment.
Citation of Sources
Here's the citation for the research of my research outline.