Lift Ships™, a short SciFi story of possibilities
Copyright © Bob Freeman, 2009-2019 All Rights Reserved
"The only constant is change, and it is a variable" - Bob
Space exploration is neither cheap, easy, nor safe.
Anyone with a spare $20 million or so can book a ride on a Soviet shuttle or for $500,000, a trip to the outer atmosphere (prices may vary, depending upon where you live, local weather or competition).
We are proposing a method of transit to a low Earth orbit that is cheaper, but not necessarily straightforward nor safer than our current rockets.
All modern rocket designs use historical military explosive/push formulas.
Our proposal is a slight modification of the fuel delivery system using a pull-design for a more controlled ascent.
The modified Einstein equation, from e=mc^2 to e=mCc, indicates that Hydrogen/Oxygen rockets are not the only way to use these two compounds to break free of our gravity well (see www.h2liftship.com for more information).
Don’t ignore hard facts, ride the discrepancies rather than hiding your head in the sand trying to see only the normal.
We have all the components in place to make cheap space flight a reality:
1) Abundant Hydrogen and Oxygen
2) High altitude balloons
3) Solar Sails
# H2LiftShip Procedure Overview:
Use a (very large, very dangerous) Hydrogen balloon to rise to the edge of space.
Compress the Hydrogen and burn it with Oxygen to boost the system out of the atmosphere.
And be careful not to blow up the ship and fall back to Earth in a Hindenburg scenario, a blazing ball of fire.
Convert the now empty balloon to a solar sail and head off into the cosmos.
Now we know that solar sails are not known to come out of the gate at full speed, but adding the punch of a lasers' muscle can power them aloft and away.
Static platforms placed at the Lagrangian points act as Light Sail boost hubs.
Harvest free solar energy, re-package, then sell a laser speed kick to travelers. This is societal administration at its best, complete with overpricing.
Conversely, the same laser burst can slow down an incoming LightShip before injection into an Earth orbit.
There is not enough solar insolation at the far reaches of the solar system to power a laser pulse when traveling inward, but a small nuclear reactor would be a great adjunct for the laser.
Simple, not stress-free, not necessarily safe, but cheap, and we all know that we need to get off this rock to survive and grow.
The following pages are Science Fiction, but could become Science Fact with a little work and luck.