Re: Orbital Towers.

From: Eugene Leitl (
Date: Wed Mar 01 2000 - 14:57:28 MST

Brian Atkins writes:
> Nothing, it has been done before (last year?) with some amateur-size
> rocket/balloon stuff I think.

Question is, how this performs economically if scaled up to putting
100-500 kg to LEO. If it's enough to do away with the first stage, or
go to single-stage ultralight altogether, with optimized fuel and
Lavalle geometry for near-vacuum...

Of course 100 kg is not very much, if one contemplates soft-land a
payload on Luna surface. Lots of reaction mass, even for a relatively
harsh landing.

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