Why is Everyone so Consistently Wrong about Launch Assist Systems?

  1. Tether assist systems
  2. Launchers (ranging from space guns to takeoff tracks)
  3. Buoyancy assisted platforms and vehicles
  4. Catchers

Tethers and Unicorns

After giving some lip-service to the full range of what’s possible, we need to recognize that the real popularity lies in tethers, and even more specifically, in the space elevator families.

Your Problem is Atoms

The real world is not made of rainbows and magic, it is made of atomic matter.

Misunderstood Promise

Personally, I have become increasingly polarized against any use of space tethers for momentum-related purposes. Don’t get me wrong, I still see tremendous value in space tethers for other, more ancillary, reasons.



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