Accession Number:

ADA110579

Title:

A Review of Future Orbit Transfer Technology.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT FARNBOROUGH (ENGLAND)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1981-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

66.0

Abstract:

Probably the most important factor in deciding the viability of future space projects will be the cost of transportation. This is particularly true of those missions catagorised as space industrialisation, which include plans to place massive solar power satellites in geostationary orbit. Although a major proportion of the transportation costs can be attributed to the initial stage of reaching low earth orbit, in many cases the expense of transferring cargoes and personnel to outer orbits will be crucial. This paper reviews the technological options available for this second stage, with emphasis on large, long-term projects, such as solar power satellites. It is concluded that chemical propulsion systems will be needed for the transfer of personnel, but that the high specific impulse offered by electric propulsion provides an enormous economic advantage for the movement of non-priority cargo. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Electric and Ion Propulsion
  • Rocket Engines
  • Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE