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Space Transport

Space Transport

In space, the dividing line between what is considered to be a habitat and what is considered to be a vehicle will become hazy. Large habitat-like structures can be put into orbits that offer transport from one place to another and from one orbit to another. A habitat placed in an orbit that goes from Earth’s orbit to the orbit of another planet or the asteroid belt and then returns, in a constant cycle, can offer transport of both people and materials with no cost of propulsion for the habitat-transport. There will still be propulsion costs to adjust the velocity of an object leaving the transport to that of the destination object.

Since solar energy is likely to become the primary energy source in space, powering transportation with solar energy will become commonplace. Collecting and storing solar energy that can be used on demand for ion thrusters is one possible method. Linear accelerators can be used to “launch” payloads into trajectories that take them to a destination requiring only minor adjustments by thrusters. Easily detachable “tug-bots” with thrusters might be used to deccelerate payloads to match the trajectory/orbit of the final destination. It may be practical to build an accelerator that could also deccelerate a payload, for instance, one built in the shape of a series of linear spaced rings in a tube shaped structure, that accelerates the payload using magetic fields should also be able to “catch” or slow down a payload as long as it can be accurately navigated straight into the long tube of rings.

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