h a l f b a k e r y
Normal isn't your first language, is it?
add, search, annotate, link, view, overview, recent, by name, random
news, help, about, links, report a problem
or get an account
Two airplanes are positioned next to each other on the
launching pad, facing opposite directions. A strong steel
cable connects the pair. Both planes power up their
engines simultaneously, causing the whole thing to spin
up into the air like an out-of-control carousel. Once
they reach sufficient
altitude, the cable is released and
both airplanes proceed in opposite directions.
Landing is accomplished by having the two planes make
a tighter and tighter spiral until they're close enough
that one pilot can hook the other plane, rodeo-style,
and then reversing the process for taking off.
Centripetal force calculator
[Kansan101, Mar 09 2013]
Please log in.
If you're not logged in,
you can see what this page
looks like, but you will
not be able to add anything.
Description (displayed with the short name and URL.)
||With enough wheel rotation it's a for sure. See a similar "spinning launch" method by searching Google for:
discus launch AND glider OR "flying wing."
||This is probably the most perfect "Who needs a
runway? Every airplane can be..." concept yet to
appear on these hollowed pages.
||I think this could actually work, especially with computer controls, except for the landing part.
||The link indicates that the occupants would only feel a relaxing 2.2 Gs if the steel cable were 100 meters long and the speed were 100 miles per hour.
||Were you allowing for the length of the wings -
assuming the tether is on the wingtips?
||Nope. Hard to do since I don't know what plane we are talking about.
||If it is a really big plane, like a 747, you end up with 30 meters of wing at each end, and only 40 meters of cable. Of course, a 747 would not be able to take off at that low a speed.