Low-Cost Propellant Launch to Earth Orbit from a Tethered Balloon - an Update

@article{Wilcox2008LowCostPL,
  title={Low-Cost Propellant Launch to Earth Orbit from a Tethered Balloon - an Update},
  author={B. H. Wilcox and E. G. Schneider and D. A. Vaughan and J. Hall},
  journal={2008 IEEE Aerospace Conference},
  year={2008},
  pages={1-14}
}
As previously reported [1], it may be possible to launch payloads into low-Earth orbit (LEO) at a per- kilogram cost that is one to two orders of magnitude lower than current launch systems, using only a relatively small capital investment (comparable to a single large present-day launch).11 An attractive payload would be large quantities of high-performance rocket propellant as required for the exploration of the moon, Mars, and beyond. The concept is to use small mass-produced rockets that… CONTINUE READING

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