Published on: Jun 29, 2015
High velocity launch pad for spacecraft to launch at greater speed
Electromagnetic high velocity launching & landing pad / High Velocity Launching & Landing Pad (HVLLP)
By Ismail Adil
Using chemically propelled rocket engine technology alone, the velocity generated is far less to reach greater distance in space travels and hence it is quite an inefficient way for a longer journey. We need to go faster in time, even in interplanetary travels, staying with absence of gravity in a longer period causes lots of physiological and psychological problems to humans and other living things as well. Even unmanned space probes need to go faster to reach planets, stars and other celestial bodies within short period of time for exploration missions to get results quickly. This new method- Electromagnetic high velocity launching & landing pad or HVLLP can be used to launch spacecraft at very high velocities. It has very large rotating electromagnetic disks which reaches very high velocities to launch spacecraft into deep space missions. HVLLP can be stationed in low Earth orbit and in future such machines can be stationed near other celestial bodies as well. Spacecraft launches from HVLLP could have enormous velocities which are required for interplanetary and perhaps for interstellar space travels one day.
New sciences or technologies are not necessary to build such a machine, but based on existing sciences like electromagnetism, kinematics, special theory of relativity, electromagnetic levitation, wireless energy transfer and many other available scientific principles, one can create this marvelous piece of art.
Electromagnetic high velocity launching & landing pad (HVLLP) as shown in the diagram (Fig.1) can be designed and built in different models. Basically, it has two major modules; Disk system and the Central axle. Disk system consists of launching disk (launch pad / landing pad), central disk and the reaction disk. (Reaction disk must be heavier than the launching disk. Otherwise once a spacecraft docks on launching disk, launching disk might be heavier than the reaction disk and system may not work effectively). The Central axle consists of systems such as photovoltaic arrays, photovoltaic radiators, reaction control system, control module, main power source and other compartments as well. Disk system can be operated using electromagnets and powered using wireless electricity from the central axle (central disk). Electromagnets are used to rotate disks (launching disk & reactions disk) in opposite direction in respect with the central disk, as well as to keep in a controlled alignment to rotate without contacting any surfaces and it operates in vacuum (in space) to make friction free and air resistance free to reach greater velocities with efficiency.
How Does Disk system works?
HVLLP’s Disk system consists of three very large ring shaped disks, launching disk at the top, central disk at middle (which is fixed on central axel by using trusses), and the reaction disk at the bottom all parallel to each other as diagram indicates (Fig.1), without touching each other (by levitating on an alignment) using electromagnets. Launching disk & reactions disk also rotate by using its electromagnets and it has wireless electric energy receivers to receive from central axle (central disk) and pass electric current to electromagnets to work (rotate friction free). When launching disk starts to rotate in respect to central disk (which is fixed on central axle), central axel rotates in opposite direction due to reaction force. Simultaneously, reaction disk starts to rotate in opposite direction to the launching disk, in respect to central disk at the same rate to cancel out the central axle’s rotation and to keep it on an alignment. In this way rotation increases (acceleration continues) to reach final velocity to require spacecraft to launch or land.
Note: If HVLLP is use only for launching, then the design may be able to change to that spacecraft need to rotate around the disk using electromagnets, rather than rotating whole disk, to make it more efficient.
HVLLP requires enormous energy to rotate its gigantic disks (launching disk and the reaction disk) using electromagnets to reach greater velocities and to give power to the system to work. If it’s low Earth orbit or near the Sun or a star, then solar energy can be used from its photovoltaic arrays to work efficiently. If it’s far away from the Sun or a star, then a different source of energy such as nuclear energy can be utilized to operate the system. Spacecraft docks on HVLLP for launch Spacecraft need to fly by its own or be taken by a rocket from the Earth to the launch pad (HVLLP), which is on low Earth orbit. Another approach might be using new type of HVLLP, Ground based High Velocity Launching Pad or GHVLP to send spacecraft from Earth to space (HVLLP). Another method might be by using space elevator to transport spacecraft to the HVLLP.
High velocity launch
Spacecraft need to dock on the launching disk (launch pad) of HVLLP for launch and then disks can be started to rotate and speeds up (accelerates) gradually, like a Maglev train speeds up on its track. When rotation reaches the required velocity (final velocity), spacecraft is launched from the launching pad (fired), and so it has the final velocity created by the rotation to travel into deep space missions.
Landing to another HVLLP
A very high velocity spacecraft landing is little tricky, when it approaches to the HVLLP’s landing pad (launching disk) for landing, spacecraft requires to decelerate its velocity by using its engines to the same velocity as the landing HVLLP (landing disk), and then very preciously it has to land with the help of fully automatized computer systems .Once the launch or landing is done, HVLLP can be shut down by reversing rotating disk’s direction slowly (by decelerating).
Note: this type of landing can be done if a HVLLP is kept on the destined celestial body’s obit.
We need to survive as a species, therefore we need to explore the cosmos for colonization and to gain knowledge. Utilizing HVLLP can be one of the most effective ways to increase speed continuously to extremely high levels. It can also be used in various scientific experimentations on different phenomenon, such as mass, energy, space-time, inertia, momentum… etc. The key objective of such machine is to use as a high velocity launching & landing pad for spacecraft and space probes to launch and to land. In this way space travel will be much efficient and cost effective. Spacecraft can travel longer distances in shorter periods of time. For example, with using present rocket engine technology alone, a spacecraft can reach to the planet Mars in about six to eight months of continuous travelling, and it’s even when Earth and Mars are at closest (perihelion), but using HVLLP, the same spacecraft can reach the planet Mars within few days’ time or even faster than that, depending on the final velocity.
With the use of such technology, one can attain very high velocities and it may be used in almost all interplanetary or even interstellar space exploration missions in near future and space colonization missions in a not too far future, until another brand-new science or technology finds.