Over the last few weeks I have been developing my idea for a space transit technology that could deliver people and cargo to space or to the other side of the planet for 1% of the projected best estimates for SpaceX’s BFR. It’s doable without exotic materials like nano-tube ribbons that are needed for a space elevator. If the engineering work was complete, it could be built today. It could obsolete rocket technology for space launch, enable large space infrastructure to be built and be affordable for daily commutes to and from space.
I started to design a 5m scale prototype on paper, which I hope to build over the summer. As far as I can tell, no one has ever built something based on this concept.
However, getting beyond the proof of concept stage is going to be a challenge for me to do on my own. Figuring out the maths for load limits, friction and suspension requires more mechanical engineering know-how than I have.
Space technology R&D is the realm of nations and billionaires for a reason. It is expensive to develop anything this sophisticated. The first development phase would be to scale the 5m model up to 1km a test facility. That’s going to require deep pockets and a team.
What I am curious to see is what could happen if I get a model and demo video seen by the right people.