MacGlenver wrote:A cool idea. How do you wind it up when it's that big?
MacGlenver wrote:Trash fence around the perimeter would be a start for safety, though I could see it bouncing right over.
VultureChow wrote:I would think mountaineering rope would be perfectly capable of handling the forces. You could bring extra and inspect it periodically and replace if necessary. The weak points would be the knots or fasteners you use.
MyDearFriend wrote:I can't believe I'm taking shit from a meat-cake-with-teeth. :lol:
BBadger wrote:Rather than relying on people to crank it by hand/arm, why not allow people to jump up and down on a pedal that would spin a flywheel? It'll probably be easier and more accessible for people to jump up and down rather than spin something with their arms and body. Also it would allow people to watch it without constantly trying to crank the orbit. The flywheel could be geared something like this.
A nice thing about a flywheel type design is that people can "pump" the flywheel to try and affect the orbit, while not losing so much energy in the operation. Of course what you'd lose is the ability to control things directly, especially if you want to spin things the other direction, but you could compensate for that with a controllable gearbox, or even have the flywheel power an electrical motor which is then geared. Those parts could be constructed from bicycle parts or something similar.
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