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Posted by: terryk - Tue May 25, 2004 6:49 pm
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Post airships to orbit   Posted on: Tue May 25, 2004 6:49 pm
I was recently reading an article I found intriguing about using an airship to achieve sub orbital space, then using an ion drive to achieve orbit from there. it was quite interesting was wondering what you thought of this idea
here is a link to the website of the company working on it

http://www.jpaerospace.com/

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Post    Posted on: Tue May 25, 2004 8:17 pm
great stuff, ty for the nice link

their pongsat program is also very nice

but how are they planning to deal with the threat of space junk and micrometeorites? i think that will be the crucial part for filling the niche of "slow-to-orbit" transportation


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Post    Posted on: Tue May 25, 2004 9:08 pm
If they can make one big enough, and combine it with their StratoStation concept.... That'd make one hell of a luxury liner. Wouldn't want to be on board for re-entry, though.... Their TPS is gonna require some serious work.

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Post    Posted on: Tue May 25, 2004 9:16 pm
Doesn't the stratosphere get nasty electrical discharges?? I'd look it up, but my comp is on the fritz right now...

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Post    Posted on: Wed May 26, 2004 7:25 pm
i think it's the ionosphere you're thinking of (i wonder why), which is a little ways into the metasphere, not much above the stratosphere.

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Post    Posted on: Wed May 26, 2004 7:32 pm
Thats it. I'm always confusing my information... :shock:

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