Why Can't We Just Launch Waste Into the Sun?

Discussion in 'Science, Tech, & Space Exploration' started by nivek, Jul 19, 2016.

  1. nivek

    nivek As Above So Below

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    I'm calling a little bunk on this explanation of rocket velocities departing earth to the sun, why can't we send a rocket forwards in earth's orbit instead of behind?. Then there's the issue of using more energy to reach our sun than another star, I have to give it some deeper thought but these two things don't seem right.

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  2. Toroid

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    There would also be an issue with the coriolis effect. Coriolis force - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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  3. nivek

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    At any other place than the equator there would be a torsion effect. Toilet water spins counter clockwise in the northern hemisphere, clockwise in the southern and straight down at the equator. I wonder if that applies to ancient astronaut theory and they would also have their launching platforms near the equator.
     
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  6. Dundee

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    I thought this was a Myth?
     
  7. 3FEL9

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    What kind of waste would that be ? Most is possible to process ( burn in CHP plants ) and or recycle. Even nuclear waste ( special type of reactors )
    Think the enourmous costs related to using the Sun as an incinerator will be the major drawback.
     
  8. Dundee

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    That space platform would make it more practical though, if you had the carbon fibere ladder leading to a geostationary waste platform. It could be positioned in such a way as to use the rotation of the earth to sent pods of waste towards the sun. The cost of sending it up the elevator would be minimal, minimal guidance on the pods, no need for life support, minimal telemetry. Minimal propulsion, No reason you couldn't have a steady stream of pods in convoy heading for the sun. Wouldn't matter if they even took years to get there really. So long as they were tracked and managed in some fashion. And not dotted all over the solar system.
     
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  9. 3FEL9

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    Good thinking.. The space ladder... :D But just what kind of waste cant we manage properly here on Earth ?

    Nuclear "waste" should be prepped and burnt again
     

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