A linear accelerator built on a long track; a mass driver. (Read
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|"Robert Heinlein used this device to launch rocks as weapons to earth earlier than this. I believe one of his books at this time was "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress""|
(Larry McCoy 4/13/2005 6:17:22 PM )
|""as far as I know, the concept originated with Gerard K. O'Neill in the early 1970's."
They know incorrectly. The concept was described by Arthur C. Clarke, "Electromagnetic Launching as a Major Contribution to Space Flight", J. Brit. Interplanetary Soc, Vol. 9, No. 6, Nov 1950. Reprinted in Ascent to Orbit: A scientific autobiography (1984)."|
(Geoffrey A. Landis 9/28/2005 11:49:53 AM )
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