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The bicycle is a perfectly acceptable invention. The in-
2 wheel thing has gone remarkably well, as it turns out
humans are pretty good at the whole balancing thing.
bicycle does suffer from poor rough terrain performance
however. Sure, you can slap on a couple of big nobbly
and you're able to ride over the slightly bumpy bits of
Earth's continents. What about the rest?
The common, or garden variety Orion space ship utilizes
massive explosions and a big sprung plate to elevate the
ship into and through space. How about two of these
plates, one fore one aft of a standard-ish mountain bike.
The plates could be mounted on long levers with a sort
of parallelogram arrangement for alignment, to a fairly
conventional suspension system. The plates have holes in
the center through which small blobs of plastic explosive
Essentially, the thing then stays in the air with grenade-
sized explosions every second or so, front and rear
propelling the massive sprung plates up before the
push them back down. I suppose some slight rear-ward
weight bias and a steerable front plate would give
theoretical control over direction, but who cares.
Unlike the spaceship, this doesn't need to be made out of
unobtainium. It will however be very loud and
Ear defenders advised.
Sort of like this idea, only not
[normzone, Sep 26 2014]
It's a blast.
They start to iron the bugs out at around the 8:00 mark [2 fries shy of a happy meal, Sep 26 2014, last modified Sep 29 2014]
If you don't like your ankles and dangly bits.
||The original Orion prototypes flying on blasts of dynamite is worth a watch.
||ah, watched... like that, but 2 of them...
||Is it possible to say which bit of the youtube Sea Mule video is of interest, as it's 23 minutes long...
||//which bit of the youtube Sea Mule video is of interest,//
||It's a declassified military film of a slightly bonkers project
to propel craft with a series of explosions... what's not
||<hovers cursor over the timeline of the video, while bs0u0155 says "cold", "cold", "colder", "hot", "hotter">