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Microtube heat exchangers, somewhat similar to REL's SABRE precooler heat exchangers for Skylon...
microtube  heat  exchanger  hardware  research  technology  SABRE  precooler  Skylon 
july 2017 by asteroza
Our Projects | Orbital Access
DC-10 based smallsat launcher, with dev work with BAE to make a TSTO SABRE engine equipped launcher later (which seems to be a disguised SABRE NTV for REL)
EU  UK  smallsat  air  launch  rocket  launcher  skylon  SABRE  space  startup  Delicious 
july 2016 by asteroza
design to cost - HTYP
Keith Henson's thing about laser Skylons to accelerate SPS buildout and reduce launch costs.
laser  skylon  SPS  SBSP  SSP  space  solar  power  satellite  research  concept  Delicious 
may 2014 by asteroza
EUEC 2014 talk.ppt - Google Drive
Interesting bootstrapping proposal for SPS, using a laser boosted Skylon with a dedicated laser beaming station in orbit. The difference is to cut down on the time to initial orbital beaming, rather than outfit a full SPS in orbit, commit to a ground station beaming microwave power up to a laser relay satellite, which in turn beams back a laser to Skylon. This changes the mass budgets such that you aren't hauling up solar panels for an ostensibly first pseudo SPS. The physics of microwaves means you can cheat and make a larger ground antenna to fire microwaves up, plus then you have electric fiber lasers, though the kicker is the huge radiator array to deal with waste heat from the lasers.
laser  beamed  propulsion  Skylon  relay  satellite  space  technology  research  bootstrapping  Delicious 
february 2014 by asteroza
Rays of Hope with pix1.doc - Google Drive
Proposal for laser boosted Skylons to bootstrap a microwave SPS construction campaign. Neat trick is using an initial bootstrap laser/rectenna sat assembled in LEO, which uses a ground microwave array to electric thrust up to GEO, then uses the same ground microwave array to power laser ops from GEO onto LEO laser skylons and laser tugs. As SPS hardware arrives in GEO, the laser slowly becomes self powered.
rectenna  SSTO  bootstrap  technology  microwave  solar  space  research  propulsion  skylon  proposal  SPS  SSP  power  laser  Delicious 
september 2013 by asteroza

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