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    I've glanced at various sites but still don't quite understand how this thing works. How does it stay aloft? Is there anyone that knows and that can explain it in simple terms? Animations would be useful.


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    Lofstrom Loop 2 - YouTube


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    Yes I saw that, but it doesn't explain how it stays aloft, other than by "momentum." Need more detail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pikkiwoki View Post
    Yes I saw that, but it doesn't explain how it stays aloft, other than by "momentum." Need more detail.
    Probably because the technology for such a thing doesn't exist.

    But heck if I know- it's the first I've ever heard of the thing. I prefer the rail gun idea. Much more fun. Not so good for little old lady astronauts.
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    The technology may not exist, but the concept does, which is what I'm asking about.

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    It seems that the rotor would be accelerated to such a speed that it wants to go into orbit, but is restrained by the sheath. That's what I get out of it.
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