Friday, May 5, 2017

Cannon to the planets revisited

Dr. John Hunter was on the Space Show recently, which brought back some memories of an early time on this blog.  His idea is to get to space with a hydrogen gas gun, that can send cargoes in low earth orbit for an affordable price.  The gas gun is a variant of a Super Gun, which Saddam Hussein experimented with a long time ago.  A Super Gun or gas gun uses heated gas to launch bombs to a destination miles away, or a cargo all the way to outer space.

The idea seems far-fetched, I suppose.  But this guy is trying to find a way to make these ideas work in a commercial sense.  That's the trick.  Nothing works without money.  Even though you may want to curse that fact, it is a fact.  Love may make the world go round, but money makes the world work.

If his ideas are ever successful, he will be able to put cargoes into space for a competitive price.  This will form the basis of a business that could support missions to faraway places in the solar system.  This type of business will be like a service station in space.

People talk about these things, but progress is very slow.


Dr Hunter's kickstarter fundraiser was not successful.  He didn't even get close.  It's the way of the world.  ( Probably not due to lack of merit, but for some other reason )

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