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Fundamental cost of putting stuff in orbit: theoretical minimum vs RLV

What is the minimum energy of orbit, and how does that compare to the energy in a chemical rocket’s propellant? Accessing a 150km LEO orbit requires first the energy to get to 150km. That’s roughly (in Energy/mass, or J/kg, aka … Continue reading

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New (?) ideas for utilizing space for business: hypergravity for athletic training

(Note, I had previously written this along with the isotope separation, but wanted to give that idea a chance for discussion first.) Another possible use for hypergravity is for training humans. A big 2-gee facility on Earth would be expensive … Continue reading

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New (?) ideas for utilizing space for business: hypergravity for isotopic enrichment

One night, as I was putting my daughter to bed and waiting for her to fall asleep, I tried to think of some new markets for space utilization. We often hear about attempts to find industrial uses for microgravity for … Continue reading

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Sea Launch Sold

I read just yesterday that Sea Launch has been sold. Then I get an email last night that this post from August 2014 inspired the purchase that solidified when SpaceX was able to recover on land the first try after … Continue reading

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Max Diameter Compensating Nozzle

One of the items that seems to be missing from the current crop of LVs is any hint of compensating Nozzles. So a nozzle normally flies that is over expanded at sea level, optimum for a few seconds at some … Continue reading

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Seven Core RLB

In the discussion on Jons’ last post it was mentioned that seven cores could be used in the VTVL booster technique with the outer six semi-permanently attached as a single unit. If they are close to gas-n-go on landing, then … Continue reading

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Long Range Stage Recovery

Recovering stages from far down range is likely to be on the agenda for several companies in the next decade or so. RTLS for the boosters or a first stage is a different proposition than collecting something from Mach several … Continue reading

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The Return of FalconV

In the last several weeks two companies have landed boosters that have been to space. The boost back RTLS with VTVL is now established as a demonstrated capability. What’s next? The boost back gets the upper stage(s) to space with … Continue reading

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SBSP for electric aircraft, cont.

Chris speaking. Along with Jon, I’ve given a lot of thought to this specific application of space-based solar power (SBSP). Yes, there are thousands of aircraft in the air at any one time, but I find this to be one … Continue reading

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Anti-radiation Biological Countermeasures: Amifostine

Whenever human spaceflight comes up, inevitably someone mentions radiation. Personally, I think the radiation risk is WAY overblown. “Compound conservatism” is rampant, I believe, and gets worse as time goes on and people keep recycling the same sources, adding some … Continue reading

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