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Solar Sails pp 35-46 | Cite as

Non-Rocket In-Space Propulsion

  • Giovanni Vulpetti
  • Les Johnson
  • Gregory L. Matloff

Now that we’ve examined rocket theory, potential, and limitations, we are ready to consider some of the alternatives to this mode of propulsion. If our spacecraft is ground-launched, we might consider a jet as the first stage, where oxygen is ingested from the air instead of carried on board. Other launch alternatives include igniting the rocket while it is suspended from a high-altitude balloon or accelerating it upon a magnetically levitated track prior to ignition.

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Solar Wind International Space Station Plasma Propulsion Solar Sail Tethered Satellite 
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© Praxis Publishing, Ltd 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Giovanni Vulpetti
    • 1
  • Les Johnson
    • 2
  • Gregory L. Matloff
    • 3
  1. 1.International Academy of AstronauticsParisFrance
  2. 2.NASA Marshall Space Flight CenterHuntsvilleUSA
  3. 3.New York City college of TechnologyBrooklynUSA

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