In this post, we will describe two improvements to the Boosted Orbital Tether design. One allows for propellant-less acceleration of a payload into orbit, the other vastly reduces the braking intensity required.
Tuesday, 24 January 2017
The Boosted Orbital Tether is a less extreme version of the space elevator. A rocket is launched on a vertical trajectory to an altitude of several hundred kilometres. An orbiting mass drags a line and hook to catch the rocket and spends momentum to bring the rocket into orbit.