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Maglev Applications for Space Launch Systems
Maglev Systems Research, Inc.
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December 9, 2013
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Dr. David McMurrey, CEO
Advanced Space Launch Systems, Inc.
2000 W. 38th Street
Austin, TX 78703
Dear Dr. McMurrey:
Roberta Swinney, CEO
Maglev Systems Research, Inc.
End.: Maglev Applications for Space Launch Systems (report)
Maglev Systems Research, Inc.
1307 Research Ridge Suite 301
Round Rock, TX 7856
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I am submitting the attached report entitled Maglev Applications for Space Launch Systems.
This report compares current space launch costs to those of Maglev-based systems, describes Gen-1 system plans, reviews the costs of building the system facility, discusses the best locations for these facilities, and ends with a review of the applications and the benefits of this new technology.
I hope this report will help generate interest in this exciting new technology!
Rocket launch costs, currently at ~$10,000 per kg of payload and $20 million for a single passenger, make large-scale commercial use and human exploration of the solar system unlikely.
Magnetic acceleration of levitated spacecraft to orbital speeds, 8 km/sec or more, from evacuated tunnels on the surface, would reduce the cost to reach orbital speed to less than $1 per kilogram of payload. One of the two Maglev launch systems, the Gen-1 System will by 2020 put an unmanned 40-ton, 2-meter-diameter spacecraft with 35 tons of payload cargo craft into orbit by means of a 100-kilometer long evacuated tunnel located in high altitude terrain (~5000 meters). At 12 launches per day, a single Gen-1 facility could launch 150,000 tons annually.
Using present costs for tunneling, superconductors, cryogenic equipment, materials, etc., the projected construction cost for the Gen-1 facility is $20 billion. Amortization cost, plus spacecraft and O&M costs, total $43 per kg of payload.
For polar orbit launches, sites exist in Alaska, Russia, and China. For equatorial orbit launches, sites exist in the Andes and Africa.
The Gen-2 system would enable large-scale human access. The Gen-2 system could launch hundreds of thousands of passengers per year and be in operation by 2030.
These two systems will enable large-scale human exploration of space, thousands of gigawatts from space solar power satellites beamed power to Earth, a robust defense against asteroids and comets, and many other applications not possible now.
1.1 Purpose of This Report
This report is intended to make the general public aware of the exciting work being done by Rather Creative Innovations Group, in particular, James Powell, George Maise, and John Rather. We hope that our efforts at Maglev Systems Research will lead to greater public appreciation and support for the development of this technology.
1.2 Background of This Report
Rocket launch costs, currently at ~$10,000 per kg of payload and $20 million for a single passenger, make large-scale commercial use and human exploration of the solar system unlikely. Maglev-based launch systems provide one of the best hopes for the further exploration of space and its productive use.
1.3 Scope of This Report
This report will
· Compare current space launch costs to those of Maglev-based systems
· Describe Gen-1 system plans
· Review the costs of building the system facility
· Discuss the best locations for these facilities
· Review of the applications and the benefits of this new technology.
This report briefly mentions the Gen-2 system which will be designed to take cargo and humans into space but does not cover this phase the project in depth.
The first StarTram system, Gen-1, is a high G cargo launch system. After reaching orbital speed, the vehicle leaves the acceleration tunnel at a high altitude, but still at ground level. The vehicle then coasts up to orbit, experiencing strong but manageable aerodynamic heating and deceleration forces. Because of the low energy cost per kilogram, large amounts of protective coatings and coolants for the cargo craft do not significantly increase launch cost.
Figure 2. StarTram Emerging from Launch Tube
Full development of the Gen-1 will require extensive research and trade studies in the following areas:
 Powell, J.R. and Danby, G.T. “High Speed Transport by Magnetically Suspended Trains”, Paper 66-WA/RR-5. ASME Meeting, NY, NY. Also, Mech Eng., 89, p. 30-35 (1967).
 Powell, J., Maise, G., and Paniagua, J. “StarTram: A New Concept for Very Low Cost Earth to Orbit Transport Using Ultra High Velocity Magnetic Launch”, paper IAF-01-S.6.04, 52nd International Astronautical Congress, Toulouse, France, Oct. 1-5 (2001).
 Powell, J., Maise, G., and Paniagua, J. “StarTram: A Maglev System for Ultra Low Cost Launch of Cargo to LEO, GEO, and the Moon”, Paper IAC-03-IAA.13.1.04, 54th International Congress, Bremen, Germany.
 Powell, J., Maise, G., and Paniagua, J. “StarTram: An Ultra Low Cost Launch System to Enable Large Scale Exploration of the Solar System”, Space Technology and Applications International Forum (STAIF-2006), Albuquerque, NM, February 12-16 (2006).
 Powell, J., Maise, G., Paniagua, J., and Jordan, J., “StarTram – An International Facility to Magnetically Launch Payloads at Ultra Low Unit Cost”; Paper IAC-06-D3.2.7; 57th International Astronautical Congress, Valencia, Spain, October (2006).
 Carlson, H.W. “Simplified Sonic Boom Prediction”, NASA TP-1122, March (1978).
 Ishmael, S.D. “What is the X-30?”, in Proceedings of the First flight 30th Anniversary Celebration, NASA Hugh L. Dryden Flight Test Research Facility, Edwards, California, January (1991).
 Powell, J., Maise, G., Paniagua, J., and Rather, J. “Magnetically Inflated Cable (MIC) System for Large ScaleSpace Structures”, NIAC Phase 1 Report, May 1, 2006, NIAC Subaward No. 07605-003-046. Also, “MIC – A Self Deploying Magnetically Inflated Cable System”, Acta Astronautica, 48, No 5-12, p 331-352.( 2001).