P3_6 Space Cannon

Pok Fong, Mikey Hawkins, Lilli Helps, Emily Lear, Jacob Selby


In this paper, we investigate the possibility of firing spacecraft into orbit using a cannon (likely either a coilgun or railgun). We discover that a cannon capable of doing such things would have to fire the craft at around 8.2 km s^-1, and be at least 1142 km long, to avoid placing the craft’s inhabitants under fatal accelerative forces.

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