Category Archives: Orbital Access Methodologies

Random Thoughts/Orbital Access Methodologies VII: Air-Launched Glideforward TSTO with Exo-atmospheric Suborbital Refueling

Ok, I’ve been toying with another orbital access methodology, but I wasn’t sure whether to file it under Random Thoughts (which tend to be my more half-baked, far-out ideas) or with the rest of the Orbital Access Methodologies series (which … Continue reading

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Orbital Access Methodologies Part VI: Air-Launched Glideforward TSTO

Back when I first gave the guest-lecture at the University of North Dakota that kicked off this series, I had only introduced four actual technological approaches to making RLVs work. The balance of the time I spent talking about the … Continue reading

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Orbital Access Methodologies Part V: Boostback TSTO

While I have the topic fresh in my mind, I decided to jump into the next part of my continuing series. Though it wasn’t a conscious choice on my part, I notice that the order I went with for this … Continue reading

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Orbital Access Methodologies Part IV: Glideback TSTO

Some of the comments to my last post got me thinking about what I’m trying to accomplish with this series. The reality is that each of these approaches that I’m discussing could easily fill a full chapter in a textbook, … Continue reading

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Orbital Access Methodologies Part III: Pop-up TSTO

This third installation in my Orbital Access Methodologies series (parts I can be found here, and part II here) has been a long time in the coming. It has taken so long, not because I’ve been spending months researching and … Continue reading

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Orbital Access Methodologies Part II: The Key Challenge of TSTO RLVs

Before I go into detail on any of the two stage to orbit (TSTO for the uninitiated) approaches that I mentioned in my post last week, I’d like to briefly discuss what I think is the key issue that drives … Continue reading

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Orbital Access Methodologies Part I: Air Launched SSTO

As I mentioned last month, I would like to briefly discuss in a series of blog posts some of the more promising potential approaches for reusable orbital transportation. There is often a tendency among engineers to completely dismiss any idea … Continue reading

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Orbital Access Cat Skinning Methodologies

In order to discuss the business, finance, and policy approaches for creating low cost and reliable space transportation, it helps to have an understanding of the underlying technology, in order to provide context for those discussions. It also happens to … Continue reading

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