Dynamically Supported Launcher

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J. Knapman (2005), JBIS, 58, 90-102

Refcode: 2005.58.90
Keywords: Magnetic levitation, space launch, evacuated tube

A launching system for space vehicles is proposed that is supported by fast-moving projectiles in an evacuated tube. In a worked example, payloads are propelled to a height of 50 km, comparable to the performance of a first-stage rocket. Recent progress in magnetic levitation makes such a system feasible with existing materials. An outline of the economics shows that it can be cost effective, although there are considerable engineering challenges.

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