Re: Gun launched orbital systems

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Sun Oct 21 2001 - 14:14:52 MDT

Adrian Tymes wrote:

> Micrometeorite and other space junk impacts. Unless you can come up
> with a way for the dish to be cheaply patched.

Why would we need to patch holes? Assume an inflatable dish
could be coated on orbit, then no bother if it gets a few holes.

> > I envision the dish as spin stabilized to keep it
> > pointed at the sun, with steam generator, and dual,
> Wouldn't direct photovoltaic be more efficient than a steam
> generator?

Depends. PVs are harder to make on orbit than coating
an inflatable surface on orbit, assuming current technology.
Drexler has written a lot about this, but I have not asked
him yet to put all his writings online. spike

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