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Low-Cost Propellant Launch to LEO from a Tethered Balloon - Economic and Thermal AnalysisThis 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.
Document ID
20150009138
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Authors
Wilcox, Brian H. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Schneider, Evan G. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Vaughan, David A. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Hall, Jeffrey L. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
June 1, 2015
Publication Date
March 6, 2010
Subject Category
Economics and Cost Analysis
Launch Vehicles and Launch Operations
Meeting Information
2010 IEEE Aerospace Conference(Big Sky, MT)
Distribution Limits
Public
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