Funding video? Better cast the only female we have on our team.
I looked into this, and apparently a ground-based laser is heating a supply of water that the craft expels, making it "explode" and provide lift.
The problems are with tracking the craft, how light it has to be, how little water it can carry, etc.
Assuming it ever works out commercially, it's not ready for prime time.
I can only do a satisfactory explanation to a fellow holder of an honorary degree in Rhinokinetic Engineering. A class or two involving pneumatic mucoid thrust equations is helpful, but not necessary.
If nothing else I can tell you that lasers are certainly not involved, as they cause tissues to scorch, which is particularly malodorous if you use the hankies that come with aloe.
old news (obviously), you dont even need to look into it when the promo video for space launch has their craft (without cargo) going a record breaking 40 meters high.
we could have built a space loop elevator/space fountain for a fraction of the cost of the iraq war.
See also; Laser powered pholtovoltaic cells; space elevator. The future is now, sheeple!
You know, if we ever get a space elevator working, it eventually becomes less of an energy sink. Once you have stuff/people coming down at roughly the same rate as stuff/people going up, they can be used as a counter-weight.
I can't wait to ride the business end of a terrawatt plasma cannon into low earth orbit. Can't we just shove a bunch of solid fuel into a tube with a hole on one end?
Haha this was my professor in college. He was working on thus stuff back then too. I didn't dare sign on to help him with this cuckoo science though.
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