Saturday, May 13, 2017

VOLUME 0: ELEVATIONAL Table of Contents


































Volume 0: ELEVATIONAL

1. ELEVATE PAYLOADS FROM EARTHHumanity's initial space presence will require frequent, reliable elevation of materials from Earth to space. Traditional "space elevator" concept could be a start.
2. UP-LINK: Climbers Ascend Tether to GEO Node. Associated "strain" might break even the strongest cable at anytime. Thus, a physical cable requires an instant backup capability.
3. DOWN-LINK: Climbers Descend Tether to Marine Anchor.  During normal ops, dedicated downlink would provide downward bound service for climbers to return to Earth.  However, during emergency ops, downlink tether could alternate service as an upward bound tether; then, service downward bound climbers.
4. OUT-LINK: Beyond GEO to Apex Anchor.  Thought Experiment (TE) considers innovative ways to leverage Space Elevator (SE) beyond Geosynchronous Equatorial Orbit (GEO).  Beyond GEO, "elevator" transforms to "conveyor belt".  Consider using O'Neill's Habitat in Apex Anchor role.
5. LIFEBOATS: Ride the Virtual Tether.  For a rapid return to Earth's surface, necessity will give birth to lifeboat vehicles which can anytime, safely descend back to terra firma via Earth's gravity to lower LEO; then, rapidly decelerate via an Earth based, high speed, particle beam to land at zero velocity at surface.
6. TE BASE STATION CONCEPT:  Forgo Down-Link's physical tether; exclusively use lifeboats to travel Down-Link Virtual Tether back to Base Station. However; Down-Link Base Station will need a particle beam capability.
7. SEVERED TETHER: Several scenarios; some end badly.
8.  ELEVATIONAL ALTERNATIVES  Besides the Space Elevator (SE), there are several other non-rocket proposals which might lift a vehicle and payload from Earth's surface to Earth's orbit.  This chapter briefly describes a few.
9. BEAM ME UP Thought Experiment (TE) proposes another non-rocket method as much more practical than either tether or other elevational alternatives. Replace Up-Link's physical tether with a virtual tether, a beam of ions from Base Station.
10. HIGH STAGE ONE: Leverage Lofstrom's Launch Loop concept to avoid wind and weather in lower atmosphere and get a head start on trip to GEO.
11. CONSTRUCTING SPACE ELEVATOR. xxxxxxxxxx
12. (in work) TERRAFORM REQUIREMENTS: xxxxxxxxxx
13. ELEVATIONAL CHALLENGES MAIN CHALLENGE: Quickly move pax/cargo from Earth's Equator to Geographic Equatorial Orbit (GEO) without the absurdly long cable (which might extend 1/4 distance to the Moon!!!!).
14. (in work)   Off Equator.  Expand envelope of launch locations from strictly the Equator to well beyond.
15. (in work) Greater Orbits. Expand envelope of orbital destiations from strictly GEO to well beyond.
16. (in work) BEAM ME OUT!!  Use G-force Beam Rider to escape Earth's gravity and travel to the Solar System. 




VOLUME 0: ELEVATIONAL
VOLUME I: ASTEROIDAL
VOLUME II: INTERPLANETARY
VOLUME III: INTERSTELLAR




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