Thread: The Space Hose
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Sep22-10, 02:30 PM
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Quote Quote by Z06_Plt View Post
So then you try to blow a small satellite up your tube. You stick it in the bottom and start blowing. You notice that as soon as it's about 100 ft above the ground that your perfectly straight tube begins to bend again, but in a V bend (because we assumed that your tube was erect under its own weight). So now ur like ok I'll just increase the air pressure (at which point I guarantee you will blow a hole in whatever material you are using, even CNT's).
On the other hand, let's keep in mind that the satellite only weighs 9g (yes, nine grams). That's a pretty negligible amount of mass to toss about.

The N-prize rules are simple deliberately. Scaling challenges are pointedly outside the scope of this project.