Re: SPACE: Mass transit idea

Michael Lorrey (
Sat, 04 Jan 1997 17:00:46 -0500

Mark Grant wrote:
> On Mon, 30 Dec 1996, Michael Lorrey wrote:
> > Putting some old Thunkthussp onto the problem, I concieved another type
> > of construction, that we could call a Lorrey Loop, if it hasn't already
> > been thought of yet by someone else. (besides, it would really truck
> > too!) ;)
> This, or something very similar to it, is in 'Man and the Planets' by
> Duncan Lunan. Don't have my copy handy. That book includes many
> interesting methods of travelling around the solar system.

Thanks Mark.

After some discussions with Hal Finney, and some more involved
calculations, I've developed a more final concept for the Lorrey Loop.
Its rather convoluted, but actually a lot more feasible and basic than
many beanstalk concepts out there. The attached diagram shows the path
that the cars would take, relative to the orbiting GEO stations. NOTE:
THe cars in an absolute sense will be following a classic Hohmann
elliptical transfer orbit, which when viewed from a GEO station, would
appear to cross over itself as the cars angular velocity drops below
that of the rotating earth.

With consideration for Kennita, I'm using a GIF format in greyscale, so
its less than 20 K, which should load easily (thats the best I could do
to get sufficient resolution).

According to my caculations, this concept should fly.....


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