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Analysis of Levitational Systems for a Superconducting Launch Ring

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4 Author(s)
Hull, J.R. ; Argonne Nat. Lab., Argonne ; Fiske, J. ; Ricci, K. ; Ricci, M.

The launch ring consists of a maglev system in which a levitated vehicle is accelerated in an evacuated circular tunnel until it reaches a desired velocity and then releases a projectile into a path leading to the atmosphere. This paper analyses several levitational concepts for a system that employs superconductors in the stator and on the vehicle. Both an attractive and a shear-force configuration are shown to offer complete static stability over the complete velocity range from 0 to 10 km/s.

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Applied Superconductivity, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:17 ,  Issue: 2 )