--- The KESTS to GEO site, by Jim Cline ---
On this site we will explore answers to three questions: (1) Can a structure be shaped and strengthened by kinetic energy's effects within itself? (2) Could such a structure be made big enough to reach from ground up to high earth orbit, for transportation use to economically access space? (3) What could thereby be done to greatly help human civilization and the earth's ecosystem, that can't be done now; and why would we want to do that?
(1) Some structures we already are familiar with, that use stored kinetic energy within themselves to shape and strengthen them, include balloons and inflated yard play structures; and the lasso whirling circle of rope, that uses the kinetic energy effects expressing as centrifugal force to create and maintain the circular shape of the lasso. So, yes, such energy shaped and strengthened structures already have existed for a long time.
(2) Since such structural size limitation is not directly dependent on the strength of materials of its components, new ranges of size are possible, in theory anyway. Consider how the lasso shapes and strengthens itself centrifugally. An electromechanical version conceivably could use its internal kinetic energy expressing as centrifugal force on a structure that completely encircles the earth. Its weight balanced by the outward centrifugal force effect of kinetic energy flowing within itself, it could take the shape something like an orbital transfer trajectory between the ground at the equator, the ellipse around the planet reaching high Earth orbit above the other side of the planet. Overall, a synchronous floating armature electric motor. So, yes, it seems possible.
(3) Given the immense continuous lift capability and energy efficiency potential of such a structure when scaled up sufficiently, we could use it: a. To provide the world civilization with abundant pollution-free electrical power from Solar Power Satellites in GEO; b. To provide mechanisms for totally recycling the toxic industrial wastes produced by civilization's processes; c. To vastly extend the capacity and range of reaction driven space vehicles, by using spaceport facilities built in GEO; and d. To test out the building and occupancy of cities orbiting the Earth, similar to the ones envisioned in detail back in the mid-1970's
That's the good news. The bad news is that the socio-politico-industrial system now existing will not permit this option, and they are the only ones who can physically build it for us. But, we still can have fun exploring what could have been, here in these pages. And can also explore it in these pages in the form of some science fiction adventures. So, enjoy exploring these concepts in more detail, by wandering among the following pages.
Note: a key theoretical basis for this economy is that the energy transferred to payload by moving it up from the earth surface at the equator, up into GEO orbit, is only 7.15 KWh/lb, which at an example production cost of electricity of 10 cents per KWh, is only $0.72 per pound lifted up to there, the economical usage of GEO begins to have these entirely new potentials, enabled by building Kinetic Energy Supported Transportation Structures to Geostationary Earth Orbit.
Copyright © 2006 James E. D. Cline