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Questions tagged [rail-gun]

Questions regarding railguns, electromagnetically powered launchers.

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Ideal shape for a long, skinny reaction mass for LEO to cis-lunar and beyond? (a “space rail gun”)

@Ingolifs' answer got me procrastinating thinking further. What you're asking about is a mass driver space station in low earth orbit that a payload or ship launched from earth can dock with, and ...
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Orbital Railgun for launching deep space probes

I've perused some of the articles and questions on magnetic acceleration using rail guns and they all seem to say that it's possible just not practical. I wanted to know what are the drawbacks to ...
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Magnetic Launcher for a Spacecraft [duplicate]

Is it possible to launch a spacecraft into space with a magnetic accelerator? If so, what materials would it require?
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would launching from a vacuum tunnel in a mountain from a 45 degree angle be the best way to launch a space shuttle [duplicate]

I have a answer from the last question that I asked (yes the rail-gun one) and was wondering if it could possible work (My spelling is shit by the way ) sorry about not saying this there is mettle ...
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Would launching a shuttle from a 45 degree angle be the most fuel efficient for a rail gun?

So I am in fourth year and doing the BT Young Scientist (Ireland’s version for a science fair but bigger and there is a cash prize) and came up with the idea to launch a space shuttle from a rail gun, ...
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Electromagnetic accelerator in space

Let's imagine there are already interplanetary spacecrafts and travel. Would it be possible to create electromagnetic accelerator somewhere in the outer space? It would work this way: There would be ...
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Is it possible to launch picosatellite into orbit from railgun on high-altitude plane?

Is there some combination of a plane that flies high enough, with a railgun small enough to fit into the fuselage, and a satellite small and durable enough, to make this feasible?
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Terraforming Venus with the Bosch reaction, using hydrogen from Jupiter [closed]

OK, so chemistry and physics are not my strong suit, so this idea is just cobbled together from stuff I've heard can be done. But I'd be curious if it is at all plausible, and what the most likely ...
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Is it possible to literally shoot something into space? [duplicate]

Regular spaceship missions are effective but also incredibly expensive. The most discussed alternative of them would be the space elevator, but with our current technology, it isn't possible to ...
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Is it safe to use a coilgun or railgun as an engine inside the solar system?

Given a large iron body and a coilgun or railgun to impart thrust, You can turn an asteroid into a fuel tank (sort of). Sending large or small bits of iron at high speed towards someone is likely to ...
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Where could you go in a 20km iron asteroid?

We know from this question that an asteroid 20 km in diameter is feasible as a hollow space habitat. There are many variables in real life, but assuming you had a spherical solid iron asteroid 20 km ...