|How and Where: Operational Technology|
Briefly, 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 up to GEO (Geostationary Earth Orbit), 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 (times that multiple -1 factor.)
As 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, a new era of space transportation and utilization of space is conceivable, given a low-loss KESTS design.
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.
Following are links to the substance of some technical papers I recently presented at the recent Space Exploration 2005 conference, but not yet published proceedings, of which the copyright terms allow me to also publish the papers.
Copyright © 2005 James E. D. Cline