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06/09/2009 07:12 AM ID: 79095 Permalink   

Move Over Space Elevator, Jumping Castle Bouncing into Space

 

Researchers from York University in Toronto Canada have claimed that a large inflatable tower placed on a mountain would be able to lift people around 20 km into space. The inflatable pneumatic modules are currently in use on some spacecraft.

The issue of high pressure winds and structural balance will be solved by gyroscopes, with each module having its own active stabilisation system. The total weight of a 15 km high model would be around 800,000 tonnes.

The tower could be used for research, telecommunications, tourists and launching spacecraft. The researchers say the tower will be able to be completed much sooner then the cable driven space elevator, due to the technology already existing.

 
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  "due to the technology already existing"  
 
lol
 
  by: sceptre_of_fertility   06/09/2009 10:20 AM     
  Stairway to space?  
 
Not a scientist, but I did ask someone who is somewhat educated in this field and he said that it would be very difficult to achieve and doesn't expect it to happen.

Something about atomspheric pressure not being able to hold weight beyond a certain point. Like a balloon at sea level can support more weight than a balloon one mile above sea level. Dont ask me to explain, but basically ... it cant be done.

Why can't it be done? Because you don't see the cast of Star Trek launch from inflatable towers... Duh!
 
  by: teh_epic     06/09/2009 11:22 PM     
  the tower also doubles as  
 
the worlds longest bouncy slide. Make sure you take your shoes off first.
 
  by: brianwcu     06/10/2009 05:32 AM     
  Like Mario game  
 
You enter castle go into space.
 
  by: Zlad Vladcik   06/11/2009 12:40 PM     
  Emm...  
 
@epic
Can't really say I'm an expert either so don't hold me to this but I think It would depend on what gas you used to inflate it and/or to what pressure you inflated the bouncy castle.
I think its actually easier to inflate things the higher you go as there is less air pressure acting on the outside of the object than there is when close to sea level.
An example of this would be when you take a bag of crisps (chips if you are American :P) on a plane and notice the bag swelling to the point of explosion when you reach a high altitude, all due to the change in air pressure outside the bag.

It would be interesting if they could make it work though.....

TP
 
  by: ThinkPeople   06/11/2009 09:06 PM     
  ONTIME  
 
The physics don't add up and it sounds like the stuff dreams are made of.
 
  by: ONTIME   06/12/2009 07:41 PM     
  well it's official  
 
life is a cartoon.
 
  by: zatonado001     06/14/2009 08:06 PM     
 
 
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