Initial purpose: to effciently lift enough Solar Power Satellites to GEO to provide abundant clean electrical power for the world, and to power the transportation system itself thereafter.
Orbital Access Technique: Payload-carrying vehicles are lifted from ground to high earth orbit, and back, by electrodynamically braking against upward-bound high velocity mass streams. Those mass streams are track-constrained to an orbital transfer trajectory path between ground and GEO, yet the stream's velocity is much higher than orbital transfer velocity, such that the resultant excess outward centrifugal force nearly balances the force of gravity on the mass of the associated track and hard vacuum environment tubing forming the transportation structure.
Longer Term Goals: Abundant clean electric power for the whole world, before petrochemical are all burned up; solar-powered total recycling of even the worst of civilization's toxic waste materials; efficiently high spaceports from which conventional rockets can easily reach out to the rest of the solar system; and a place to build passively shielded large scale space habitats such as those designed in the mid-1970's for use at L-5 but now with easy rail commute to ground... a ring of such space habitats, built of lunar and asteroidal materials and infilling GEO, could support 3 times the entire present-day population of our planet, with a comfortable sustainable lifestyle for all... potentially.
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