I'm not completely sure a judge would be able to catch a yellow-shifting Porsche.
How could you get a Porsche to go so fast? I'm thinking a rocket or a rail-gun would scrunch it all up with the G-forces, accelerating it to 16,368 miles per second, too fast all at once. We would need to gradually build up the speed, maybe with a faster and faster orbit.
Hey, there are companies building a space elevator, a long cable from the ground all the way up past satellite altitudes. (See HighLift Systems
, Inst. for Scientific Research
, and LiftPort Inc
). The idea is to make the cable much higher than geostationary satellites, so the extra cable length pulls away from the Earth instead of falling, thus holding the whole thing up without any more rockets or fuel. It just hangs there, spinning with the Earth, a ladder right up into space.
They may as well call it a bean-stalk! So, what if we named the Porsche "Jack", carried up to the end of the cable, wait a little bit, then let it go? Would that work?
For the end of the cable to achieve the right speed for our Porsche, every 24 hours it would have to travel 1414 million miles. That's a radius of 225 million miles from the Earth. The distance to the sun
is only 93 million miles.
So if we extend our space elevator (that we're building 50,000 miles long anyways) to three times further than the sun, lift the Porsche to the end of it, and fling it around once every 24 hours, *then* it would be fast enough to turn red light into yellow. No cop on earth would dare to give you a ticket then.
If the cable only went 375,000 miles (0.4% of the way to the sun) it would at least reach solar escape velocity -- but leaving the solar system isn't nearly as exciting as shifting red light into yellow.
I think we should do it. "Shotgun!"