March 13, 2012
The present cost of inserting a kilogram (2.2 lb) of cargo by rocket into low earth orbit (LEO) is about US$10,000. A manned launch to LEO costs about $100,000 per kilogram of passenger.
Instead, imagine sitting back in a comfortable magnetic levitation (maglev) train and taking a train ride into orbit.
That’s the concept for Startram, a superconducting maglev launch system.
The system would see a spacecraft… read more