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Overview: Here we can explore an unusual set of integrated technological principles around which corporations or nations could unite usefully to make a new path to an abundant future for all humanity. A new way to provide abundant clean electrical energy, a cleaner world, eventually abundant new room to grow, and the opening of a true Space Age in our time: here is a possible way to make it happen.
Briefly, the key space access transportation lifting structure for the system would be just a huge perimeter electric lifting motor that also uses the kinetic dynamics within itself as its major weight support means. Electric power is input at the Earth surface terminal, then energy kinetically distributed around the structure, to adjust its position and lift payload spacecraft continuously along itself up into high earth orbit. Once it has lifted the components for the first Satellite Power Station, it would thereafter provide space access energy derived thusly from solar energy that it itself made possible.
Looking a little closer at this concept, this new pathway would be built as a kind of multilayer hoop-shaped multiple armature electrical motor eccentrically encircling the Earth (as shown in the above diagram), such as out of an equatorial tunnel in the Andes Mountains and extending around up to connect with GEO (Geostationary Earth Orbit) above the opposite side of the planet, its weight supported by high velocity armature mass flowing along maglev tracks around the inside of the hoop, sufficiently fast such that its outward centrifugal force slightly exceeds the inward force of gravity on the earth-stationary mass of the motor hoop's stator with its payload-carrying spaceship loads. With each multiple (minus one) of orbital transfer velocity, the rapidly circulating armature mass can support a load equal to its own mass.
The attached spaceships are dragged upward inductively along outer-hoop maglev tracks, by the upward-bound circulating high velocity mass, thus very efficiently needing to lift no fuel for the trip between the earth's equator up to Geostationary Earth Orbit, analogous to an escalator's function for efficiently expanding shopping areas, a "second floor to civilization" then becoming capable of being built along GEO's immense circumference.
A new era of space transportation and utilization of space is conceivable, given a low-loss KESTS design, since the 7.15 KWh/lb energy actually added to payload by lifting it from ground into GEO is only 72 cents per pound, if at 10 cents per KWh electrical cost. To this would be added cost of energy losses in the transportation system, costs of creating the structure, and operating costs and profit expenses paid to the ownership.
The whole transportation structure can be thought of as a huge perimeter multiple armature electric motor, eventually itself to be powered from some of the Solar Power Stations it lifts construction materials for up to GEO to supply civilization's nations with abundant clean electric power, and enabling long term future space access despite fluctuations of sources of energy availability from ground sources.
Note: Sad to say that I caution you to not expect this to happen soon enough to help you and the world environment, since life is increasingly "in the trenches," is proving too overwhelming for consideration by the public for such a lofty vision as this, although perhaps it is needed to actually get us out of the trenches. It is too easy to stick with the narrow "safe" familiar path, avoiding seeing where it tends to lead us all eventually.
I have been at this effort for a long time, and one can read the vision as it was in 1989 in the GEnie network library file 747. Three formal ASCE technical papers on it have been published since then. Anyway, this is a "Work In Progress," doing my best for the vision with what little resources I have, in responsibility for our future.
Copyright © 2005 James E. D. Cline