There is a man attached to a relatively long string with a steel ball on the other end. This man we will call "Popeye", is strong enough to lift the ball and throw it up: 1. What's the relation between forces, speed, mass, to make the ball drag Popeye up thru the air? There are only basic arguments in this equation, no ellastic string, Popeye's body is not broken, etc... maybe there is some air drag, if useful. 2. How could Popeye solve how much force he needs to throw his system X meters up? Now that Popeye is flying, he climbs the string and takes the steel ball: 3. Did Popeye modify the speed of the ball by climbing the string? I think climbing slower or faster would make different results, but not sure. 4. Is there a way Popeye can control the direction of his flying system? How could he do that? 5. Is it possible for Popeye to accelerate his system? How? Would it help cutting the string? I was thinking, what happens if Popeye changes the steel ball for a Gyroscope? Would that help in any way to maneuver?