Mega Engineering Projects

StonedTime
StonedTime

What are some cool mega projects we could do with our current tech level but choose to spend the money on dumb shit instead?

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amazon.com/Engineers-Dreams-Willy-Ley/dp/9997483219
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qattara_Depression_Project
miningweekly.com/article/extracting-minerals-and-metals-from-the-sea-2016-04-01
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gower_Gulch_(Death_Valley)
orionsarm.com/fm_store/OrbitalRings-III.pdf
youtu.be/1VDdsqr-Wiw
youtube.com/watch?v=jQBb76Snx50&list=PL26B34D753F030079
pdfs.semanticscholar.org/7906/b6ca6409582e8aec0b79ad409d8bba34bf4d.pdf
arxiv.org/html/physics/9911011
amp.space.com/40102-james-webb-space-telescope-launch-delay-2020.html

Nude_Bikergirl
Nude_Bikergirl

detachable penis

Crazy_Nice
Crazy_Nice

Automatic cuckolding device.

Electromechanical BBC.

Quantum anal beads.

Digital privilege checker.

Sir_Gallonhead
Sir_Gallonhead

well orbital rings are really awesome and I dont think we need magic materials for them.
The effort it would take though is ridiculous

likme
likme

The amount of material for an orbital ring seems like it wouldn't really be able happen until space mining.

CouchChiller
CouchChiller

Trump border wall.

Seriously though, I think an arcology would be neato and probably would make economic sense over time.

Stupidasole
Stupidasole

When people start talking seriously about arcologies you know it's long past time to get the fuck off this shithole planet.

haveahappyday
haveahappyday

Gibraltar Dam.
Tremendous influx of water through the strait. If blocked (as it was a VERY long time ago), the level of the Mediterranean would begin to drop about one foot a year as evaporation exceeds what comes in from other sources.
After a century, all surrounding countries would have gained land area and you'd have a 100 foot difference which could be tapped to produce an immense amount of hydroelectric power.

See amazon.com/Engineers-Dreams-Willy-Ley/dp/9997483219
for more schemes which are feasible and would be very useful -- but which may never happen for political reasons.
The book is rare now but your library might be able to get it.

idontknow
idontknow

arcologies are ultimately just a better planned city. Planned cities don't have the best track record, so it'll probably be an abandoned ghetto like the chinese ones. Unless it is made by some tech billionaire close to silicon valley and made as an experiment like the original plans for EPCOT, it will fail.

Carnalpleasure
Carnalpleasure

What could have been

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BlogWobbles
BlogWobbles

just imagine what something like that could do if it was in space

Emberburn
Emberburn

design me a Dyson "cap" for harvesting quasars from above the poles, Veeky Forums

Fried_Sushi
Fried_Sushi

The land area gained would just be a lot of salt desert.

likme
likme

Mars colonies

Firespawn
Firespawn

You are so fucking full of shit. It is high order fantasy magic.

StonedTime
StonedTime

When the project was canceled, 22.5 km (14.0 mi) of tunnel and 17 shafts to the surface were already dug, and nearly two billion dollars had already been spent on the massive facility.[22]

It was never meant to be a super collider. It was just a coverup for another off the books secret project.

Illusionz
Illusionz

why couldn't they just keep going with the project and use it to fund other off the books projects
it's not like there's ever an end to those

haveahappyday
haveahappyday

If you want people to forget about it later you don't keep it active.

Techpill
Techpill

no, why not continue constructing the first project while siphoning money away for dark projects
the first can be finished as well as the shadowy ones, and people will consider the inflated price as the inefficiencies of government projects

get returns on both sides, instead of just one

Methnerd
Methnerd

A space tower or launch loop would be nice to have
would assist in making other projects too, or just stand as a massive fuck off dickwaving object

LuckyDusty
LuckyDusty

Because the first project doesn't exist and takes up the space for the off the books project.

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StonedTime
StonedTime

Nuking a strait across the entire sahara.

CouchChiller
CouchChiller

current tech

Stark_Naked
Stark_Naked

Sending telescopes to the gravitational lense focus of the sun. Would basically allows us to image the surface of exoplanets. To be fair, this is very borderline in terms of feasibility, but nothing out of reach. Would be possible if enough money was invested.

Crazy_Nice
Crazy_Nice

Not really. Only if it was flat. If you have any kind of declivity, the water would just drain away, and inland water would push the salty water that remained in the soil. With that said, this would obviously have all kind of serious environmental problems, and it would take way too long to actually be worth it.

takes2long
takes2long

Launch Loops are perfectly possible since 50 years and would put the cost of space travel in the same range as the cost of intercontinental travel.

Building gigantic telescopes that are capable of watching earth-sized exoplanets hundreds of light years away directly.

kizzmybutt
kizzmybutt

Thing is, even a gigantic telescope, way beyond what we are technically capable would still not be able to resolve more than one pixel of the planet's light. We would still be able to do some clever things to figure out more about it's surface features (basically by observing it at different positions.

To actually observe an exoplanet surface, we would need mirror with killometers of radius, which would only be possible in space and using thousands of small satellites, which is way beyond what we could do today.

Sun gravitational lensing is a bit more feasible, but still hard.

Evilember
Evilember

worlds largest pyramid, cut in granite, 1000 tonnes (+/- 1 yoctogram) a block, irregular shapes with molecular precision.

Bidwell
Bidwell

Africa could be conquered and turned into a giant battle royal game.

Fried_Sushi
Fried_Sushi

Hole drilled to the center of the earth. Furthest they got was something like 10km deep in Russia. Abandoned decades ago. Would be cool as fuck

King_Martha
King_Martha

impossible, the best you could do is drill until reaching the outer mantle and accidentally a volcano

iluvmen
iluvmen

Solar updraft towers could be pretty neat

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kizzmybutt
kizzmybutt

Just looked that up, what a fucking great idea. Cool how it doubles as a bigass greenhouse too.

Gigastrength
Gigastrength

use nuclear water pumps to irrigate dry land with desalinated sea water. build aqueducts from the sea t the headwaters of river basins that flow through dry lands. use more nuclear water pumps to irrigate more dry land.
fertile soil=money

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CouchChiller
CouchChiller

What if you inserted a shell made of that material they wanted to use for space elevator

eGremlin
eGremlin

Until you accidentally destabilize the geologic features by pumping shit loads of water into the water table that weren't meant o be there

Fuzzy_Logic
Fuzzy_Logic

How so? What fantasy materials does it require?

farquit
farquit

How about your GTFO if you don't know shit about the topic at hand

Burnblaze
Burnblaze

Flooding the Qattara Basin in Egypt seems like an interesting project; the below sea level land is empty desert right now, and the project would both a ton of hydropower plus add a bunch of coastline with a pleasant Mediterranean climate.

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qattara_Depression_Project

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WebTool
WebTool

How do they mitigate it becoming another Salton sea?

VisualMaster
VisualMaster

Building gigantic telescopes that are capable of watching earth-sized exoplanets hundreds of light years away directly.
There is some ayylmaos out there watching the Romans as we speak.

Skullbone
Skullbone

even if it doesn't melt, the pressure is absurd down there

5mileys
5mileys

start building O'Neil cylinders, and you'll eventually end up with a Dyson swarm

kizzmybutt
kizzmybutt

good thread boss

Stupidasole
Stupidasole

Best one.

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Skullbone
Skullbone

thorium power, helium collection, ocean exploration, nuclear fusion, automated asteroid mining, lunar base to "catch" large asteroids, space elevators or equator based launch stations, telescopes and satelites.
TOP TIER:
eugenics
pollution prevention
scientific organic farming

farquit
farquit

What about planets in neighbouring solar systems?

RumChicken
RumChicken

I'm talking about systems within 20 ly, which is extremely close. It's just way too hard to image exoplanets. Using the sun's lensing is our best bet.

Evil_kitten
Evil_kitten

This would wreak Havoc on European and African climate. Also on their shipping, tourism, etc.

Evilember
Evilember

because because, obviously

Emberburn
Emberburn

half that shit requires new inventions.

BlogWobbles
BlogWobbles

That would be a security nightmare. Imagine nuking the dam.

Fuzzy_Logic
Fuzzy_Logic

Don't know if this counts as a "mega project", but just investing in building a big nuclear energy infrastructure.

TreeEater
TreeEater

Cat girls

DeathDog
DeathDog

nuking africa :)

Fuzzy_Logic
Fuzzy_Logic

not carpet bombing the northern african and middle eastern border with dirty bombs

Lord_Tryzalot
Lord_Tryzalot

There's a huge shallow area of the Pacific between Thailand and Indonesia, or the Timor Sea north of Australia that's very shallow. A dike of a few hundred feet height could reclaim a large area of land from the ocean, like Holland

Techpill
Techpill

weren't meant o be there
hey water
get lost
you don't belong here

I think when you do new irrigation, the roots of the plants (trees) that grow in the newly irrigated soil will strongly stabilize the formerly dry soil. also, what about the new equilibrium after and potential geological destabilization? I don't think were going to sink any tectonic plates with a volume of water that is small compared to the volume of the plate and much less dense. Pic related, look how the headwaters of the Niger River basin are to the ocean. That's about 200 miles and not too far uphill.
silviculture

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Burnblaze
Burnblaze

but you'd need to pump that water out of the hole you built

TreeEater
TreeEater

Don't cut it off from in-flowing water supply. Ideally the Qattara Basin would have water flow in from the Mediterranean but also have water flowing back out again, so that constant salty inflow and evaporation wouldn't turn it into a supersized Dead Sea.

Gigastrength
Gigastrength

Telescopes on the far side of the Moon

CouchChiller
CouchChiller

Why would it wreck the climate? The Mediterranean would shrink a little but it wouldn't vanish. Get a little more land. Build beachfront resorts.
Yes, it would cut off shipping past Gibraltar but the advantages would be tremendous.

Crazy_Nice
Crazy_Nice

Certainly. Ley said the projects were feasible from an engineering standpoint but there were political difficulties.
The old colonial system is largely gone but now we have all sorts of terrorists and fanatics.

Another idea was to pump water from the Mediterranean, run it across Israel and drop it into the Dead Sea. The power gained by letting the water fall through turbines would vastly exceed the energy to lift it in the first place. The Dead Sea has rather gradually sloped shorelines. The level of the sea would rise a little bit and then the expanded surface area would increase the evaporation rate and come to a new equilibrium. Even today, the Sea has no outlet and evaporation is the only reason it doesn't fill up. ALL surrounding countries. including the Palestinians, would benefit from cheap energy and the industry it would attract.

Of course, there are the "We don't care if we're shooting ourselves in the foot" types who'd blow up the project in a minute it they thought it would hurt Israel.

PurpleCharger
PurpleCharger

too late 56%

haveahappyday
haveahappyday

lens is 550 AU from the sun, Voyager I is 141 AU away after 4 decades. The grav-lens telescope can't be aimed, so you can only see what happens to be in the right spot

If the Mediterranean would drop a foot per year from evaporation in spite of inflow from the Nile etc, wouldn't this suffer greater net evaporation?

I don't see where the water would be outflowing from that Basin, unless you burn a lot of your power by pumping it back out
wouldn't pumping in water so it could evaporate make the place an even saltier wasteland?

iluvmen
iluvmen

Sahara hydroelectric powerplant.

Most of the Sahara desert is below sea level. So we dig a canal to the Atlantic. At a certain width, water will flow into the canal at the same rate that it evaporates from the basin, meaning we get a huge in-land sea in the Sahara and a huge amount of electricity from the turbines we placed on the Atlantic end of the canal.

Skullbone
Skullbone

just let the sun dry it up

Evilember
Evilember

and accumulate a lot of salt brine from the evaporation. there's a reason why they call it the "dead" sea.

RavySnake
RavySnake

Sure. But it's ALREADY dead. Nothing lives in it. Nothing we can do to lower the salinity.
On the plus side, the high concentration of minerals makes it economically feasible to extract certain minerals.
miningweekly.com/article/extracting-minerals-and-metals-from-the-sea-2016-04-01
and cheap power would allow additional processes.

iluvmen
iluvmen

I'm not sure. The Dead Sea is ALREADY dead. Nothing lives in it. But the water from the Mediterranean is LESS salty that what's already there. Wouldn't that lower the salinity -- at least a little and in the short term? Regardless of what we do or don't do, the sea will continue to get saltier indefinitely.

On the plus side, the high concentration of minerals makes it economically feasible to extract certain minerals.
miningweekly.com/article/extracting-minerals-and-metals-from-the-sea-2016-04-01
and cheap power would allow additional industries.

Emberburn
Emberburn

I think the telescope can be aimed. But not just simply by re-orienting it with inertia wheels.
You have to move the scope -- and move it quite a long distance -- to watch another star. At 550 AU a 1 degree shift means 9.6 AU of travel; about the radius of Saturn's orbit.

CouchChiller
CouchChiller

at what speed something that far is orbiting the sun, considering a circular orbit at 550 AU?

Dreamworx
Dreamworx

Or in units that are of interest, 0.27 AU per year.

Raving_Cute
Raving_Cute

Just read the beginning of the wp article. They won't.
water flows in
gather hydropower
water dries up
water leaves salt behind
more water flows in
carries in more salt
Soon it would become hypersaline and in the end they'd just leave a dry mass of salt a few dozen meters thick

Crazy_Nice
Crazy_Nice

the idea is to change the local meteorology so it becomes a subtropical zone like the atlantic and pacific basins, iirc

Booteefool
Booteefool

How about some hardcore interferometry? We already do this with radiotelescopes and with the Keck telescope, right? Would we really not be able to set it up in space with something like two adjusted JWSTs?

StonedTime
StonedTime

You ever hear of Gower's Gulch in Death Valley? en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gower_Gulch_(Death_Valley)
In 1941 a 5-foot-deep (1.5 m) Furnace Creek-Gower Gulch Flood diversion channel was blasted upstream from Zabriskie Point to divert flood waters from the Furnace Creek Wash and the resorts into Gower Gulch. The diversion increased the size of Gower Gulch's drainage basin from 2.77 km2 to 455.63 km2, an increase of 16,348%. As a result, massive erosion of the channel took place as debris from Furnace Creek were channeled into Gower Gulch. Today the diversion has sunk to over 20 feet deep with two dry falls, one three feet and another ten feet high.
"Hmm, we want to build a road here, but there's a river that occasionally forms when it rains. Instead of building a bridge, let's save some money and just divert the river and have it flow this way!"
That way the land wasn't used to having water flowing over it. It was very easy to erode away. Huge mudslides, covering up California freeways that need to get cleared out every time it rains (once or twice per year). Back erosion has the original (Nevada) freeway in danger of getting swept away.
Should have built the bridge, and we learned that increasing the amount of water flowing through a dry area can have massive geological impacts.

eGremlin
eGremlin

Oh, and the water that would have normally gone down Furnace creek? Turns out that quite a few towns and farms in California needed that water. Now they have to get it shipped/piped in.

JunkTop
JunkTop

It'd kill a shitload of people close to it, but the med would take so long to fill back up that it wouldn't kill everyone who moved into the basin

hairygrape
hairygrape

Orbital velocity varies as the inverse square root of the radius vector, so at 550 AU it'd be about 1.27 km/sec.
It's "year" would be 12,899 Earth-years, so the "focus" would move 0.028 degrees/year or about 2 arc-seconds per week.
To study a particular star for an extended period would demand periodic orbital corrections.

Sharpcharm
Sharpcharm

Fuuuck, I forgot the image because it was 3 AM
Used the formula v = s/t and Kepler's Third Law

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Carnalpleasure
Carnalpleasure

Same thing should be done with the Afar depression too.

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Sharpcharm
Sharpcharm

BRING BACK OPERATION PLOWSHARE AND NUKE THE FUCK OUT OF PANAMA

LOCK-FREE CANAL WHOOOOOOO

SniperWish
SniperWish

all these things would significantly benefit non-whites
while own countries & nations are declining

Fuzzy_Logic
Fuzzy_Logic

Salting wouldn't be an issue since the locals already mine there anyway, from past time the basin was flooded.

Crazy_Nice
Crazy_Nice

Allow the Mississippi river to finally fully divert down the Atchafalaya River like it's wanted to for the past several decades. There's like a 30' head between the two rivers at Old River, where there's lock and a hydro dam that divert 30% of the Mississippi's flow.

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Sir_Gallonhead
Sir_Gallonhead

Daily reminder that we could have given every family in new Orleans $200,000 to move out instead of rebuilding the city and it would have been cheaper

Spamalot
Spamalot

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LuckyDusty
LuckyDusty

At the least there should be a bridge there, along with the Bering Strait bridge(and the several thousand miles of road/rail to link it on both sides), a Long Island Sound bridge, the Messina Strait bridge.

BunnyJinx
BunnyJinx

the salinity comes from salt and impurity left behind by evaporating water. If you bring in extra water, even if it's lower in salinity, you're bringing in more salts, which will be left behind when the water evaporates. The temporary increase in water volume only delays the inevitable. Like scratching a bee sting to relieve the pain. as described here

the description was a mirror having a diameter many km's across. moving such a mirror across multiple AU's of distance would take a long time, and would be difficult to do without damaging it. Would it be disassembled for transit?

Stark_Naked
Stark_Naked

What would the TLEP or something similar discover?

farquit
farquit

it would discover how much the worlds most expensive liquid helium leak costs

Inmate
Inmate

Reminder they would have spent it on ugly cars with big shiny wheels and KFC, and been homeless again 2 years later.

King_Martha
King_Martha

Truly the american dream

takes2long
takes2long

But we in south europe could build a wall.

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WebTool
WebTool

The orbiting rainbow telescope
launch several hundred tons of metallic powder into solar orbit
disperse powder
metal particles refract light just like raindrops in a rainbow do
satellites with lasers on-board use lasers to shape the metal cloud into a lens
you now have a telescope with a 50km aperture
can now read alien newspapers

PurpleCharger
PurpleCharger

Also, Kessler syndrome out the ass

New_Cliche
New_Cliche

Space elevator. Always gets shit on in /sci but there’s more than a few published papers out there proving it’s viability.
If any physicists here are interested, check out Paul Birches Paper: orionsarm.com/fm_store/OrbitalRings-III.pdf

Crazy_Nice
Crazy_Nice

1) It's in solar orbit, not Earth orbit.

2) The particles are too small to cause real damage. They're as small as, or even smaller than the particles that cause meteor showers. Like grains of sand.

Deadlyinx
Deadlyinx

orbital rings
man of taste

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Burnblaze
Burnblaze

mega engineering projects ARE dumb shit and thats why we dont do them

VisualMaster
VisualMaster

Large scale industrialized genocide centers

Gigastrength
Gigastrength

there is no material that we can currently mass produce that can handle a space elevator
Once we can mass produce graphene, we're golden, but it's still a fantastic pain in the ass right now

VisualMaster
VisualMaster

Mass Driver (Hybrid*) Space Launch System.

For those who don't know, basically a very long evacuated tube that will use electromagnetism to help launch non-living and fairly durable payloads to LEO. "Hybrid" because it could not get a payload to orbital velocity alone: instead, the payload itself would have a reusable rocket booster to bring it the rest of the way. This will save immensely on fuel and is overall a very simply, albeit massive, linear motor. I personally think that this will be the only way for us to truly get a space industry going. Spending tens of thousands per kilo of material is horrific. Getting that price down to the hundreds or less will probably reshape everything space related.
Some issues I recognize:
1: This system requires large amounts of electricity to be distributed across miles of length, very quickly
2: The direction of launch is unalterable
3: Finding a mountaintop suitable, and actually constructing it could be a massive logistics issue
4: The only feasible size for one to be useful could only be good for non-human launches, so public opinion will likely not hold it in favor
Despite all of this, with it we'd be able to construct an LEO refueling station and living habitat, which is the first step to a moon base, or mining, or literally anything other than satellites.

It will likely never be built in this lifetime, but one can dream.

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Snarelure
Snarelure

graphene is a fucking meme if there ever was one. It's not going to solve all of our problems

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PurpleCharger
PurpleCharger

It will help solve some problems and some of those problems are pretty interesting.

GoogleCat
GoogleCat

it will

Ok, thanks buzzfeed

Stupidasole
Stupidasole

Your welcome

Illusionz
Illusionz

research is being successfully done using it
but the people that talk about it are people I don't like
so it must all be shit and a popsci meme
Please refrain from smearing shit on the walls
it is quite rude

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Fried_Sushi
Fried_Sushi

Materials chemist here, working with graphene is a nightmare. The samples crumble if you look at them the wrong way and often the reported data is cherrypicked from large batches of blanket depositions, up to three quarters of which are just a carbon stain on the inside of the deposition chamber that needs to be cleaned out eventually.

Flameblow
Flameblow

muh dick

Skullbone
Skullbone

I've never heard of this, but what the fuck?
Why hasn't this been built yet? It actually looks like a great idea. Saw numbers thrown around in other places that said anything between $800,000,00 to $1,200,000,000 to build one, and it really isn't that complex a machine.

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Skullbone
Skullbone

Lightcraft space launch base

3d printed space telescope the size of a city

RumChicken
RumChicken

There's been plans for ones in Arizona and Spain. I think Australia too, but they keep falling through. China's building a similar tower/chimney for "pollution control"
youtu.be/1VDdsqr-Wiw

New_Cliche
New_Cliche

while own countries & nations are declining
And whose fault is that?

Fried_Sushi
Fried_Sushi

You spend too much time on Veeky Forums, friend.

Stark_Naked
Stark_Naked

let's blame others for our own shortcomings
neck yourself.

GoogleCat
GoogleCat

this

TurtleCat
TurtleCat

Cheaper to do with evacuated tube under sea, and time launch rail with inrush water (so can be charged over weeks by draining tube).

Lord_Tryzalot
Lord_Tryzalot

he's saying the tunnels they dug have become a secret base or something you twat

Boy_vs_Girl
Boy_vs_Girl

like what?

kizzmybutt
kizzmybutt

building an evacuated launch tube that's a few miles long under water will be cheaper than being built on land
How could one possibly think this? There's already road, crane, and train infrastructure on land that we can take advantage of to move the hundreds of thousands of tons of material needed, along with the enormous amount of electrical supplies. Doing it under water makes an already difficult task seemingly impossible, and demonstrably more expensive.

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whereismyname
whereismyname

graphene isn't stable at long lengths (at least theoretically)

Playboyize
Playboyize

THAT'S WHY YOU BUILD AN ORBITAL RING AND NOT A STANDARD SPACE ELEVATOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
All you need for an orb ring is just shittons of steel and slag in orbit. And you can get them from lunar manufacture, bootstrap ring, launch loop, asteroid...

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Methshot
Methshot

Orbital ring of train tracks? That way you can zoom yourself anywhere around the planet!

BinaryMan
BinaryMan

Prisoners sit in prison all day long
They could be collecting rocks from the Scottish Higlands and taking them to the coast
We could be dumping those rocks on Dogger Bank to reclaim Doggerland

w8t4u
w8t4u

Just how autistic can one person be. What a horrid idea - there are myriads of "megaprojects" that can be built that would easier to build, cheaper to pay for, and heaps more useful, combined, than an orbital ring.

Sharpcharm
Sharpcharm

t. dumb mutt

SniperWish
SniperWish

Building a fuckhuge castle using modern equipment. Something like Lothric or Lordran from Dark Souls.

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CodeBuns
CodeBuns

What's wrong with your brain? An orbital ring does the same job as a space elevator - getting you off the planet. Only the method is different. You winch your way up above the atmosphere, and then be accerlated to escape velocity.

Fuzzy_Logic
Fuzzy_Logic

People used to think flying was a meme.

TreeEater
TreeEater

nice useless infertile hypersaline mass of land you've got there disphit

TurtleCat
TurtleCat

Like I said, there are far cheaper megaprojects that can do the same thing for a smaller price, while being easier to build/maintain. Even shit like or launch loops would be better options, despite their own enormous issues. Also, space elevators are a meme and should not be taken seriously under any circumstances.

FastChef
FastChef

space elevator
orbital ring

Fantasy magic bullshit that doesn't belong in Veeky Forums, you stupid piece of fucking ignorant shit. Get off this board right now.

JunkTop
JunkTop

orbital ring
all you need to build is is infrastructure that is non-existent, priced in the hundreds of billions, and decades away, at minimum.
Shoo shoo, child.

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BunnyJinx
BunnyJinx

There's no material in existence that can handle the forces of either a space elevator or orbital ring. You don't even understand the forces involved.

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whereismyname
whereismyname

Meant for obviously.

Stark_Naked
Stark_Naked

Erect a new science institute that throws out and keeps out the old red guard. Thus, the unified theory would be available. Every proof must be tied to the physical, math is only used with noted physical reality subscripted proof.
EM fields are not banned.
Quanta are literally ejected due to no evidence, so money can go toward practical matters.
After the building is erected and the walls are in place, the new physics is built upon BEDROCK, instead of fantasy.
profit from the real product and advanced dev issuing forth
when the honored and peerage elite demand a word, censor and ban them without recourse, keep the list public 100%

Harmless_Venom
Harmless_Venom

tfw you're not a trillionaire to bankroll these kind of dumb projects. I'd love a fuckhuge castle like that in the himalayas that serve as as a uni/research center/whatever.

Boy_vs_Girl
Boy_vs_Girl

Also I'd have this place to do plenty of research in metaphysics and weird shit like that.

MPmaster
MPmaster

what a fucking retard - a kite string to outer space
need anti0gravity lift
will have to be built in the middle of nowhere literally - lest it snap and destroy those below

happy_sad
happy_sad

fuck the vacuum aspect
exiting the tube problematic to impossible with immense and destructive deceleration
Hitler built big guns
get a clue

cum2soon
cum2soon

you fucking moron - how are you going to enter the atmosphere from the end of a vacuum tube at 25,000 mph ?

Inmate
Inmate

LOL - you just make part of a ring u idiots, your spacearc slice orbits

Playboyize
Playboyize

the Kola Superdeep Borehole consists of several holes branching from one central hole. The deepest of these, named “SG-3”, measures just nine inches in diameter but extends 12,261 meters (or 7.5 miles) into the Earth. That's roughly a third of the way through the Baltic continental crust.

Methshot
Methshot

"cool" hype science is a waste filled dumbpocalypse

Carnalpleasure
Carnalpleasure

just what we need another billion savages in africa...

Snarelure
Snarelure

rogue nation / terrorist organization crashes any small material into the ring
entire thing comes crashing to earth

great idea

Evilember
Evilember

Telescopes on the far side of the Moon
with moon based relay stations supplied with lineage and solar power from the light side for movement and signals data
fuck that - a waste so idiots can speculate on dots and make photoshopped lies

Techpill
Techpill

By far the coolest and most epic engineering project would be a mothership. It would house an entire civilization of scientifically inclined humans, and set off on a one way journey to the stars. It would be equipped with all the necessary tools to colonize any habitable planet it were to encounter. Generations would live and die on the mothership, never to return home; all for the glory of humanity.

Now THAT is a cool engineering project, and the only way to ensure humanity's survival in the event that a cataclysmic event destroyed our planet and/or solar system.

Fuck colonizing Mars, that's just a silly meme.

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Poker_Star
Poker_Star

and then they all die of cancer after 20 years

takes2long
takes2long

I like Isaac Arthur but the guy knows next to nothing about engineering or anything practical.

Methshot
Methshot

Just use several meters of shielding. Harvest it from asteroids or something.

Snarelure
Snarelure

You're right, there's a high chance that one of these motherships could fail. So we should develop multiple models separately to increase chances of success.

TurtleCat
TurtleCat

I enjoy his videos but they're mostly just recitations of basic facts about the solar system. There's no technical detail

PackManBrainlure
PackManBrainlure

How to write a /space/ post:
Forget doing X in space, that's just a silly meme
Instead do my pet project Y, this is the only realisitic and cost effective option

Choose X and Y from among the following list:
Colonising Mars
Terraforming in general
Venus aerostat colonies
Asteroid mining
Free floating space habitats
Fuel depots in space
Artificial gravity
Mars Cycler
VASIMR
Underwater cities
Oddball launch technology

Techpill
Techpill

where's the mothership project on your list? It's not there numb nuts. Try thinking before posting next time brainlet. Thank you come again.

GoogleCat
GoogleCat

Artificial gravity
that's my vote - we need control of this so we can do space better

youtube.com/watch?v=jQBb76Snx50&list=PL26B34D753F030079

get up to speed lamer fucks

whereismyname
whereismyname

average day on reddit

Supergrass
Supergrass

so.... youre completely full of shit.

Crazy_Nice
Crazy_Nice

Well the James Webb Space Telescope launches next year (right pic)

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Inmate
Inmate

pdfs.semanticscholar.org/7906/b6ca6409582e8aec0b79ad409d8bba34bf4d.pdf
get up to speed losers

happy_sad
happy_sad

6. Conclusions

The main conclusions of the present work are as follows :

assuming the superposition principle as valid we get Maxwell type equations for the generalized field (electromagnetic plus linear gravitational);

we get the generalized London equations;

we establish the conditions necessary for the generalized Meissner effect to occur;

we show that if an electromagnetic field is present, the gravitational shielding is possible to appear; in our opinion, this way Podkletnov's effect may be seen and understood [13].

arxiv.org/html/physics/9911011

now all the whiners MAY FUCK OFF TO /X

5mileys
5mileys

this would actually self fund since hollywierd turned every mental into a dragonlord

Flameblow
Flameblow

next year
try 2020. if we’re lucky. delayed again.
amp.space.com/40102-james-webb-space-telescope-launch-delay-2020.html

Methnerd
Methnerd

I also read The Man in the High Castle

iluvmen
iluvmen

They delayed it again man.

SniperGod
SniperGod

Clearly I am an utter brainlet because I've had the same idea: what kind of velocity could you get from a massive head of water flowing into an empty tube? Would it be enough to reach space, where you could circularise the orbit? Disregarding the small problem of atmospheric heating.

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