A structure sufficient to continuously lift payload between the Earth's surface and Geostationary Earth Orbit has its enormous weight supported primarily by two forces.
The first force is that centrifugal lateral force exerted as a reaction when a moving object is laterally forced in the opposite direction. When this force exactly balances the force of gravity on moving object circulating in a vacuum around a planet, the force is that which maintains the satellite in orbit. If that same orbital path trajectory were somehow also defined by a constraining low friction track, there would be little effect on the moving object moving in the free-fall circulating orbital path. However, if now the object were to double its velocity, it would exert an outward force against the path-constraining track, a force opposing the force of gravity on the mass of the track itself, effectively exerting an outward force on the constraining track which supports the weight of track and vehicular payload mass equal to the mass of the orbiting mass stream circulating with the constraining track. Similarly, if the circulating mass stream were to move at 3 times the orbital velocity of the trajectory defined by the constraining path, a centrifugal outward force is produced by the triple-orbital-velocity mass stream sufficient to support the weight of mass along the way equal to twice the mass of the mass stream.
The second of the two weight supportive forces on this ground-to-geostationary orbit structure is that of electromagnetically-coupled dynamic drag. This is where an feedback-adjustable electromagnetic field provides drag between two relatively-moving objects. If one of the objects is upward moving faster than the other object, the drag will slow the faster object and speed up the slower one. If the faster object were upward bound, then it would provide an upward lift force on the slower object, at the expense of some of its own upward-bound kinetic energy.
This second force is also electromagnetically coupled to provide upward drag to lift payload up from the ground to space, and is distributed all along the structure so that the vehicles carrying the payload need carry no fuel for this journey.
The potentials of such a continuously operating, distributed delivery of lift energy transportation system could open civilization up to the vast resources of space, on a large scale.
This KESTS is an electrically powered transportation structure supported by kinetic energy stored circulating within itself, and which delivers electromagnetically-coupled energy to lift vehicles all along itself so that vehicles carrying payload along the structure need carry no fuel for the journey between the Earth's surface and the Geostationary Earth Orbit, 22,300 miles (35786 km) above the Earth's equator.
Copyright © 2000 James E. D. Cline