Can we power a spaceship?

Somaya Turk, Pratik Lakhotia, Deven Fosberry

Abstract


This paper discusses the possibility of humans being able to produce enough energy, via effective exercising, in order to power a single space ship. The dimensions of the spaceship were taken using a paper model of the Axiom spaceship from the film WALL-E, and were scaled up to store the population value obtained from the movie. It was concluded that the acceleration of the Axiom in space would be 1.14 ms-1 per day, if powered by a population of exercising adults. 


Full Text:

PDF

References


Pixar wiki. (2008). Axiom. Available: http://pixar.wikia.com/Axiom. Last accessed 14th Feb 2014.

Dirkloechel. (2013). Size Comparison - Science Fiction Spaceships. Available: http://dirkloechel.deviantart.com/art/Size-Comparison-Science-Fiction-spaceships-398790051. Last accessed 14th Feb 2014.

Perdana, Julius. (2008). The AXIOM Spaceship WALL-E Paper Model. Available: http://paper-replika.com/index.php?option=com_content&id=59. Last accessed 14th Feb 2014.

Royal Caribbean International. (2013). Oasis of the Seas. Available: http://www.royalcaribbean.co.uk/our-ships/oasis-class/oasis-of-the-seas/ships-decks-and-facts/#tab-16-4295. Last accessed 14th Feb 2014.

Boston.com. (2006). If Royal Caribbean builds it, 6,400 could come. Available: http://www.boston.com/travel/getaways/us/florida/articles/2006/02/07/if_royal_caribbean_builds_it_6400_could_come/

Walpole, S; Prieto-Merino, D; Edwards, P; Cleland, J; Stevens, G and Roberts, I. (2012). The weight of nations: an estimation of adult human biomass. Available: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/12/439

British Heart Foundation. (2014). Exercise Calorie Calculator. Available: http://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/prevention/calorie-calculator.aspx. Last accessed 14th Feb 2014.

D. Wogan, "Scientific American," 2012. [Online]. Available: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/plugged-in/2012/05/17/approaching-wall-e-with-hondas-uni-cub-personal-mobility-device/. [Accessed 24 March 2014].


Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.
We use both functional and performance cookies to improve visitor experience. Continue browsing if you are happy to accept cookies. Please see our Privacy Policy for more information.
OK