Flywheel Launcher

This mechanism slowly spins up a heavy flywheel and then puts it in contact with the ground, launching it at speeds up to 12 feet per second.

Various notes:

Overview | Top View | Flywheel | Gearing 1 | Gearing 2 | Holder | Missed

The NQC program for controlling the launcher. It is designed to work with the Mindstorms remote control. Download, run, and:

Sound of the flywheel spinning up and launching (AIFF file). This is not a very good recording, but you can hear generally what it sounds like.