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Low-cost propellant launch to LEO from a tethered balloon – economic and thermal analysis

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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.date.accessioned 2015-05-14T23:21:50Z
dc.date.available 2015-05-14T23:21:50Z
dc.date.issued 2010-03-06
dc.identifier.citation 2010 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, March 6-13, 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 10-0082
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/45193
dc.description.abstract This paper provides new analysis of the economics of low-cost propellant launch coupled with dry hardware re-use, and of the thermal control of the liquid hydrogen once on-orbit. One conclusion is that this approach enables an overall reduction in the cost-permission by as much as a factor of five as compared to current approaches for human exploration of the moon, Mars, and near-Earth asteroids. 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, 2010 en_US
dc.title Low-cost propellant launch to LEO from a tethered balloon – economic and thermal analysis en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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