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Low-cost propellant launch to LEO from a tethered balloon – 'propulsion depots' not 'propellant depots'

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dc.contributor.author Wilcox, Brian H.
dc.contributor.author Schneider, Evan G.
dc.contributor.author Vaughan, David A.
dc.contributor.author Hall, Jeffrey L.
dc.contributor.author Yu, Chi Yau (Tony)
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-24T23:38:18Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-24T23:38:18Z
dc.date.issued 2011-03-05
dc.identifier.citation 2011 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, March 5-12, 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 10-5108
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/44775
dc.description.abstract As we have previously reported, 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). An attractive payload would be large quantities of high-performance chemical rocket propellant (e.g. Liquid Oxygen/Liquid Hydrogen (LO2/LH2)) that would greatly facilitate, if not enable, extensive exploration of the moon, Mars, and beyond. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2011 en_US
dc.title Low-cost propellant launch to LEO from a tethered balloon – 'propulsion depots' not 'propellant depots' en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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