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Space Blast Pipe - an Innovative Space Transportation Concept

Romberg, O. and Quantius, D. and Putzar, R. and Schäfer, F. (2008) Space Blast Pipe - an Innovative Space Transportation Concept. International Astronautical Congress, 2008-09-21, Glasgow, Scotland.

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Abstract

There is a trend for small satellites to be brought into Low Earth Orbit. The current way of using expendable launchers for transport is associated with several drawbacks, such as high cost, considerable risks and environmental pollution. A new visionary long-term concept is presented that is based on the effect of atmospheric/gas pressure. The key issue of this future launch device is a very long evacuated tube called “Space Blast Pipe” (SBP). This paper intro-duces the basic idea of the Space Blast Pipe, shows initial technical solutions and gives elementary performance calculations. The limits concerning the feasibility aspect are discussed.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Title:Space Blast Pipe - an Innovative Space Transportation Concept
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Romberg, O.UNSPECIFIED
Quantius, D.UNSPECIFIED
Putzar, R.Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics
Schäfer, F.Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics
Date:September 2008
Status:Published
Keywords:Space Blast Pipe, SBP, Future Launch Systems, Visionary Concepts
Event Title:International Astronautical Congress
Event Location:Glasgow, Scotland
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2008-09-21
Organizer:International Astronautical Federation
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W - no assignement
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W - no assignement
DLR - Research theme (Project):W -- no assignement (old)
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Systemanalyse Raumsegmente
Deposited By: Andre Weiß
Deposited On:18 Feb 2009
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 15:49

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