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Electromagnetic space launch: a re-evaluation in light of current technology and launch needs and feasibility of a near term demonstration

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2 Author(s)
M. R. Palmer ; Sci. Applications Int. Corp., Shalimar, FL, USA ; A. E. Dabiri

The feasibility of the near-term demonstration of electromagnetic space launch (EMSL) is discussed. Minimum requirements for such a demonstration are derived along with extrapolations to near-term operational EMSL systems. Launcher, aerodynamic, and orbital issues are detailed. A low-cost battery power supply system is proposed to reduce EMSL costs and technical risk. Applications to military and civilian space programs, global communication systems, re-entry vehicle testing, and the National Aerospace Plane are outlined

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IEEE Transactions on Magnetics  (Volume:25 ,  Issue: 1 )