Reading "Microlaunchers: Technology for a new Space Age" by Charles Pooley and Ed LeBouthillier

A project log for We Should be Free to Tour the Solar System

And take all the comforts of home with us

garrett-herschlebGarrett Herschleb 09/07/2014 at 17:401 Comment

Point 1: Rockets ranging from gross mass of 100Kg to 1000Kg are capable of orbital insertion. (Microlaunchers)

Point 2: DIY space explorers must aim for > LEO due to the fact that LEO is crowded, regulated, and a little boring by now (my paraphrase).

Point 3: For microlaunchers, atmospheric drag becomes significant.

To point 3, I wonder if a launch from high altitude balloon(s) would get us up faster. Any comments or suggestions?


PointyOintment wrote 09/09/2014 at 02:19 point
A rockoon was also an entry into the X Prize that produced SpaceShipOne.

Bigger projects for avoiding the atmosphere:

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