LEO Catchers as a Launch Assist System

Some Math on the Topic

For the orbital formation of the catcher, I have tried to dig up some equations to do essentially localized stability studies. I asked about it here:

Why Should Anyone Care?

In a previous post, I went out of my way to bash most Launch Assist Systems (LAS). Well, things have changed. In spite of growing excitement around New Space, an economically viable LAS looks less likely than ever before.

  • First stage propulsive landing and reuse
  • Lunar ISRU of water-ice
  • Low-radiation LEO equatorial orbits for manned stations
  • LEO electromagnetic catcher



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