P3_8 Elastic Launch

Jacek Kuzemczak, Kate Houghton, Ashley Clark, Henry Simms


This is a brief investigation into the energetics of using a stretched elastic based slingshot to launch objects into space. The energy required to reach escape velocity is used to calculate some parameters of a theoretical elastic material that would be used to store the energy. It is found that for an acceleration distance of 828 m a spring constant of 4.01x106 Nm-1 would be needed to provide the 15385g acceleration.

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