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MagLifter Site Investigation and Implementation StrategiesMagLifter, as defined here, is an advanced, earth-bound catapult system to provide the initial lift for earth orbiting vehicles to reduce or eliminate the need for multistage propulsion, thus reducing the cost of orbital space flight. It is presumed that magnetic levitation will catapult the vehicle to a desired initial velocity sufficient for reaching orbit with the vehicles own engines. Of necessity, the system must be located on and around a mountain with sufficient relief to allow the catapult to accelerate the launch vehicle to a sufficient speed in the desired direction to allow it to reach orbit. Such a mountain site must meet criteria consistent with current and future space launch needs and conditions. It is the purpose of this report to set forth preliminary criteria for choosing a suitable maglifter site. The report is divided into four major sections: (1) Assumed Launch System and Flight Vehicle Characteristics; (2) Task 1.A - Initial Site Selection Criteria; (3) Conclusions; and (4) Appendix - Phases of the Site Selection Process.
Document ID
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Burke, Pamela (Colorado Office of Space Advocacy Colorado Springs, CO United States)
Slaughter, Maynard (Colorado Office of Space Advocacy Colorado Springs, CO United States)
Beer, C. Neil (Colorado Office of Space Advocacy Colorado Springs, CO United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
November 28, 1995
Subject Category
Launch Vehicles and Space Vehicles
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.26:203492
Funding Number(s)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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