The Space Cable - Capability and Stability

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J. Knapman (2009), JBIS, 62, 202-210

Refcode: 2009.62.202
Keywords: Space cable, dynamic structures, electromagnetic launcher

The space cable is an electromagnetic launcher at high altitude. It is supported by fast-moving projectiles, called bolts, inside evacuated tubes using magnetic levitation. It can replace the function of a first-stage rocket and is suitable as a platform for astronomy and other science. A larger configuration is capable of launching manned vehicles directly to orbit. There is a lightweight solution to the challenge of lateral stability that uses electronic controls in the bolts and tubes.

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