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Pee shooter rockets

Based on the glassy winged sharpshooter
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Yes, I spelled it “pee” shooter. Behold the glassy winged sharpshooter (link), a bug that can fling drops of urine from its anus at remarkable speeds, boasting accelerations 10 times faster than a Lamborghini.

Small spacecraft could carry plants and zillions of critters feeding on them, in a chamber from which they can expel their pee as reaction mass. Based on nothing at all, my intuition says en masse they could synchronize their excretions the way fireflies sync their flashes.

Not sure if it’s scalable though. I wonder how many bugs would you need to match a Falcon-9 thrust? That might take some gnarly math to figure out.

a1, Mar 01 2023

Glassy-winged sharpshooters … https://arstechnica...with-anal-catapult/
… fling pee bubbles with anal catapult [a1, Mar 01 2023]

More about super-propulsion https://physics.aps.org/articles/v10/97
"... the effect could be useful for saving energy in technologies that involve propulsion of soft or fluid objects. For slingshots, archery, and catapults, only part of the initial elastic energy is transferred to the projectile. We could significantly increase the energy transfer by accounting for the deformation dynamics of the projectile or the acceleration dynamics of the projecting engine ... the same principles could also apply to elastic systems that launch aircraft from ships." [a1, Mar 01 2023]


       Of course I read about it in Arse-Technica.
a1, Mar 01 2023

       That pun should be an executable offense.
21 Quest, Mar 01 2023

       Re the idea, the biggest problem I see with it is finding a suitable plant type that keeps the bugs fed and grows back at an equal rate to that at which it is consumed, as well as how to carry enough water and fertilizer for this to be sustainable.
21 Quest, Mar 01 2023

       How will you keep the bugs alive in space?
Voice, Mar 01 2023

       [21_Quest], if that’s the biggest problem you can find you’re not trying very hard. But yes, the entire idea is impractically half-baked.   

       Partly because I thought the article was interesting, and also for opportunities to make execrable puns.
a1, Mar 01 2023

       Consider them execrated.
pertinax, Mar 01 2023

       // (puns) Consider them execrated //   

       And nobody has even brought up the first flight test yet, to Uranus.
a1, Mar 01 2023

       See second link, on super-propulsion. That was really the science I was interested in.   

       It's not rocket science (or even remotely like the pee shooter rocket), but still... someone already did think of applying this principle to throwing things faster and more efficiently. I don't know about aircraft launchers, but maybe a lesser , more grounded application...   

       Pellet guns? Water pistols?
a1, Mar 01 2023

       Extruded, Shirley
21 Quest, Mar 01 2023

       Wha, you mean nobody else here needs to brace themselves at the urinal when they take a whiz?
RayfordSteele, Mar 01 2023


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