Space Track Launch System
An all electric first stage launch system
"Once you reach low earth orbit, you're half-way to anywhere in the solar system."
- R. A. Heinlein
In this update, I've introduced the Phoenix Suborbital Launch Vehicle. The Phoenix SLV is designed
to launch from the STLS Proof of Concept tower. The Phoenix is a manned suborbital launch vehicle. The single engine is pressure fed
using 98% HTP/E85 propellants. The hydrogen peroxide is catalysed using a mixed metal oxide with orifice sizing for flow
control. Reentry is by inflated paraglider with horizontal landing on a conventional runway. For further details, review Addendum A
to the STLS Second Stage Requirements in the concept papers section.
- Jerry F. Fisher, President and CEO, Fisher Space
Copyright 2011 (c) Jerry F. Fisher.
The launch vehicle ejects from the overcarriage, ignites its engines, and enters into low earth orbit. After delivering supplies
and/or personnel, the launch vehicle returns to the launch site to be reused. Read More
The tower is from 100-150 km high and designed to support a mass of 3,100 metric tons. High power superconducting electric motors
restore rotational kinetic energy after each launch. A cargo elevator transports the second stage to the top of the tower. Smaller
elevators bring crew and passengers to the top. Read More
The overcarriage is attached to the launch vehicle and carries it down the ribbon to the launch point. The
overcarriage ejects the launch vehicle from the ribbon, clears the ribbon, and returns to the launch site for reuse.
The Space Track Launch System is an all electric first stage launch system. Rotating ribbons store rotational kinetic
energy. This energy is transfered to a reusable second stage launch vehicle. After launch, powerful electric motors restore kinetic
energy to the ribbons. Read More
The counterweights deploy the ribbon during tower construction, roll up the ribbon for repair and replacement, and dampen oscillations
during launch. Read More
Updated Jun 2016