Who would think it could be so much fun separating the wealthy from their money
By Mick Rich
Slinglaunch is a high-tech company that is attempting to modernize that biblical weapon, the sling. The Brothers Yaney are marketing Slinglaunch as the most efficient means to sling small satellites into orbit. The physics are straightforward, the mechanics are anything but, and the financial rewards for The Brothers Yaney are out of this world. Who would think, separating the wealthy from their money could be so much fun, and no that is not the tag line to the movie The Brothers Bloom
The physics of the Slinglaunch are simple, spin the launch vehicle faster and faster in a vacuum (to eliminate friction) then release the launch vehicle. The momentum at the point of release will be sufficient for the launch vehicle to a height of 200 miles above the earth.
Spinlaunch's vacuum-enclosed prototype centrifuge (located at the New Mexico Spaceport) is three hundred feet across. The full-scale vacuum-enclosed centrifuge will be nine hundred feet across making it the world's largest vacuum structure. If it does not collapse under the weight of gravity, it will collapse under the pull of the vacuum. (Vacuum Collapses a Steel Railroad Tank).
The Spinlaunch centrifuge will spin (10,000 g's) the 2,500-pound launch vehicle to 5,000 mph. A slight imbalance between the centrifuge and the launch vehicles or uneven wear on the critical parts would result in vibrations that could cause the structure to disintegrate. An error of just milliseconds in releasing the launch vehicle would cause the launch vehicle to touch the side of the launch tube causing the structure to disintegrate. There would be enough energy when Spinlaunch disintegrates to destroy a small city.
Satellites are designed to withstand three times the force of gravity during lift-off. Spinlaunch will subject the satellites to ten-thousand times the force of gravity which will either damage the satellite or require much heavier satellites to withstand the force of the launch. Satellites would become just solid chunks of steel, back to those biblical slings of war.
The Mechanics of Spinlaunch will never launch a satellite into orbit. But the Physics of Spinlaunch is good enough for The Brothers Yaney to gain the backing of New Mexico political leaders. Once NM politicians were reeled in, then the big investors follow again by more politicians. So far, The Brothers Yaney have secured $110 million in investor support and now $2.5 million in additional state money. This is called longlining in the ocean fishing industry and business as usual by corrupt political and business leaders.
The Brothers Yaney ran the very same racket in Moriarty, NM just eight years ago. Titan Aerospace's goal was to manufacture solar-powered high-flying drones that could provide low-cost internet access to rural areas around the globe. The physics were straightforward, the mechanics were anything but. The Brothers Yaney demonstrated it would work, then sold the company to Google and left town before it collapsed. Google soon realized they just bought air and quietly shut down Titan Aerospace in 2017.
The Brothers Yaney learned their lesson of not taking federal money or crossing federal law in the early 2000s. In 2015 Maximus Yaney pleaded guilty to mortgage fraud with Titan, LLC that he perpetrated in 2007. Surprisingly they used Titan in name of both enterprises. The trusting folks in Moriarty never stood a chance while the Santa Fe politicos were right at home.
The Santa Fe Politicos poked fun at the folks searching for The Lost Treasure of Victorio Peak on the White Sands Missile Range. While the Santa Fe Politicos keep searching for Bill Richardson's Lost Treasure at New Mexico's Spaceport. If it is not Virgin Galactic, then maybe it is Spinlaunch. An upcoming article will be on the Spaceport, The failed Launch of Bill Richardson's Presidential Campaign".
Isn't it Ironic?
Mick Rich Contractors, our equipment was stolen, recovered, and stolen again. I am going to print up some "old-time" bumper stickers, "Stealing Horses Tools Ought to be a Hanging Offense".
I wrote an article on out-of-control crime in Albuquerque and how the mayor abandoned the neighborhoods to the criminals. The day after the mayor won re-election his administration has begun investigating our company for a City of Albuquerque community center we constructed two years ago.
I wrote an article on "Republicans Ride for the Brand' and called out the McCleskey Machine. They just didn't support the Democrat running to be Mayor of Albuquerque, they ran his campaign. A week after I published my article, my Facebook page was hacked.
A well-respected Republican told me in 2019 that my problem was "You don't listen". I do listen, I just don't do what they tell me to do. They don't like me writing to you either.