Hypersonic Gas-Rocket Launcher of High Capacity

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A. Bolonkin (2004), JBIS, 57, 162-172

Refcode: 2004.57.162
Keywords: Hypersonic launcher, space launcher, gas rocket

Abstract:
The present contribution describes a hypersonic gas rocket that uses tube walls as a container for moving compressed air. Burn programmes (fuel injections) are suggested that enable the internal tube components to be used as a rocket. A long tube (up to 0.4-0.8 km) is located in the sea and provides mobility and serves as an aiming device. Relatively inexpensive oxidizer and fuel are used (compressed air or gaseous oxygen and kerosene). When a projectile crosses the Earth's atmosphere with an angle of more then 150, then the loss of speed and the weight of the required thermal protection system are small. The research shows that the launcher can give a projectile a speed of up to 5-8 km/sec. The proposed launcher can deliver up to 85,000 tons of payload to space annually at a cost of one to two dollars per pound of payload. The launcher can also deliver about 500 tons of mail or express parcels per day over continental distances, and can be used as an energy station and accumulator. During war, this launch system could deliver military munitions to targets thousands to tens of thousands of kilometers away from the launch site.

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