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comment How do I visualize the non-coaxial rotation of this device?
I agree. The design is simple. Building and testing such a thing on Earth requires some support however. I'd love to find a '0-g room', but they don't exist. The behavior of this simple design seems fairly complex, however, and my goal is to find a design which allows one to adjust the plane of rotation without expending propellant to overcome angular momentum. The ultimate goal is to use such a design to provide artificial gravity in space. There are many other constraints in such a design. Preference is to not have to stop it to adjust the plane, but that can be done with this design.
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comment How do I visualize the non-coaxial rotation of this device?
After thinking more about this, I am beginning to convince myself that, once the joint in the shaft is turned, the plane in which the larger assembly rotates would begin to wobble, essentially keeping the axis of this spinning plane 180 opposite from the axis of the wheel. Both axes would thus precess around their original spin axis. It would be a pretty wild system. I am by no means certain of this thought experiment, however. Can anyone confirm?
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comment How do I visualize the non-coaxial rotation of this device?
I tried to add an image, but wasn't allowed to since I am a new user and they don't allow anyone with fewer than 10 posts to include an image. Spam prevention. I did try to improve the text, however. I would be happy to email a powerpoint or pdf image to whomever asks for it.
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