P1_2 Using Trebuchets for Lunar Satellites

Luke Partridge, Daniel Cornwell, Tom Sewart, Domingo Armengol Arcas, Callum Wilcox


In this paper we investigated the possibility of launching a 10 kg satellite into lunar orbit from the surface of the Moon, using a trebuchet. We found that the mass of the counterweight required would be 330 tonnes. We also discussed how the kinetic energy required for the speed of the orbit and the gravitational energy needed to be overcome changed as a result of the orbital radius.

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