Megastructures 6 Skyhook

A skyhook is a tether attached to a heavy orbiting space station that would help reduce the cost of placing payloads into space. The cable attached to the station would extend towards the surface of the planet. Payloads would be brought to the end of the hook by a suborbital launch vehicle, attached to the cable as it passes, and then are flung into orbit by the rotation of the cable / station around its centre of mass. The station would then be reboosted to its original altitude by propulsion, or by deorbiting another object equal in mass to the payload. A skyhook is different from a space elevator in that the cable would be much shorter, would not come in contact with the surface of the planet, and the cable / station would be rotating like a pinwheel around its center axis.

Man, you would not imagine how long it took us to get these in stock at the warehouse. We’d tell our factory, “You must construct additional pylons.” And, a few hours later we’d get a message back from them: “Not enough minerals.” Finally we sent out some probes, got some srs minerals, and we were in business. Literally. This Starcraft II Protoss Pylon Desktop Power Station is both a light and a charger. It gives you access to the great psionic energy matrix emanating from Aiur, but, in case you can’t tap into that, it also has an AC Adapter. 

Grab yourself one here.


It turns out that scientists use video games like StarCraft 2 to study how our brains age, so next time someone asks you why you’re playing so many video games, tell them it’s FOR SCIENCE!

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