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1 A Comprehensive Approach to Carbon and Energy Problems (Or Making the Rocket Equation Work for Us )‏ H. Keith Henson, Founder L5 Society

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5 Design to cost goals power Sat solution: Raise millions of tons a year to GEO at a cost of less than $100/kg Space based solar power for a 1-2 cents a kWh, synthetic fuels made from that power for $1 a gallon (easy)‏ Excess energy (300TW-years) to put carbon back in the ground if we need to Danger of storing 470 cubic km of CO 2 We know how to make synthetic oil

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10 290 t booster, 40t laser stage, 14.5 t payload to GEO 1.1 g, miles vertical axis, NM horizontal

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12 Geometry/Geography GTO injection about 2600 NM down range Needs to be on Equator Best 5000km water to east Good choices for US, EU

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14 Location GPS of our private airport: S. 00º 06’ W. 049TH 35'

15 Lasers 45 deg to the West

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18 $40 billion for the lasers $60 billion for the rockets Long build up time to get the lasers installed and focusing mirrors in place, limited bootstrapping possible (does meet <$100/kg)‏ Not impossible, but not compelling Can we improve on the ISP of the first stage and reduce front end cost? Yes!

19 Reaction Engines SABRE “peaking at about 2800 seconds within the atmosphere”

20 Skylon and Lasers Takes off from runway, 12 t to LEO

21 Laser stage 12 t Mass ratio 2 6 t propellant, 6 t payload LEO to GEO 4.1 km/sec Modest ISP of 600 6MW of laser, $60 million takes 24 hrs LEO-GEO First mirror is a problem

22 Eventually (after much buildup)‏ 50 t laser stage, 25 t payload to GEO Skylon sub orbital, contributes 4-5 km/sec delta V 8 GW laser (8 a GW/ year) contributes 9-10 km/sec

23 After 8 years, a Skylon flight every 15 minutes 96 flts/day, rockets 800,000 t/year to GEO Growth with more laser Skylon life up to 500 flights Fleet size at 1.5 flights/day Other sub orbitals work too

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26 2 cents per kWh

27 Cost/kg to GEO Initial figured at twice the per flight depreciation of a $450 M vehicle and 6 t to GEO ~$750/kg Mature figured at twice the per flight depreciation of a $292 M vehicle and 25 t to GEO ~$46/kg Design to cost goal met <$100/kg

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33 The Skylon to LEO or sub orbital and laser to GEO concept is less two weeks old. So please nitpick the physics and economics


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