Re: SPACE: Cycler orbits

Date: Wed Feb 20 2002 - 14:22:31 MST

Mark Walker writes:
>> A similar but different scenario is to use an asteroid. Instead of
>> "landing" on the asteroid, you just get in the way and "crash" on the
>> asteroid. In this way, you don't have to expend the energy to match
> speeds.
>> (You just have to have enough padding to survive the crash.)
> How about a grapple and one hell-of-a bungee cord?

An interesting idea. With a cycler, maybe there could be a net to catch an
incoming rocket, BUT if the mass of the rocket is a good fraction of the
cycler station's, this would not be a good idea.

Didn't someone have the idea of scooping payloads from lunar mass drivers?
Could the same idea be applied to a cycler or any station -- as a means of
capturing supplies? Or would that require too much precision to make it
worth while?


Daniel Ust

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