International Space Plane ( I.S.P. ) Program - Diplomatic Letter
Single Stage To Orbit ( S.S.T.O. ) - Reuseable Launch Vehicle ( R.L.V. )
This is an International Space Agency ( I.S.A. ) effort to promote and create an Airbus Industries Organizational and Operational Approach ( Management Like Structure ) and International Joint Effort to Design, Build, and Operate an "SSTO" Single Stage To Orbit "ISP" International Space Plane. This Key International Space Launch Program would be a Multi-National and Global Government and Private Sector Venture. This ISP "S.S.T.O." Vehicle would be 100% reusable, and would utilize an Advanced Ground Based Electromagnetic or Conventional Assisted Space Launch Ramp System which would be located near the Earths Equator; and would replace the need for a Massive First Stage Main Tank which is burned up in the atmosphere and represents a massive waste of material, financial, and manpower resources, as is presently used in the United States Space Shuttles Fleet. The use of such an advanced Ground Based Assisted Space Launch System and Totally Reusable "S.S.T.O." Space Vehicle would represent major cost savings, materials preservation, and efficient utilization of human resources "to/by" Participating Member Nations and Organizations. This would also provide a Robust International Space Launch System to be the Next Generation Replacement for the United States Shuttle Fleet, and would offer major reduction in Launch Costs; and an Advanced Space Launch System which is Capable Of Daily Launch Capabilities and able to Launch a Varity Of Launch Vehicle Types and Configurations. The ISP Program is not as much about a specific Space vehicle, as it is about a "New" frame of mind and approach over the present launch technology in use, and thinking Globally. This would be an International, Global, "Launch For Hire System", for Government, Commercial, Scientific, and Private Sector Programs, Projects, Missions, and Enterprises.
The International Space Agency (ISA) proposes that an Advanced International Ground Based Assisted Space Launch System and Single Stage To Orbit, Fully Fully Reusable International Space Plane (ISP) Vehicle, be Designed, Developed, Constructed, and Operated in an "Airbus Industries Like Management Model and Approach".
This Proposal would consist of two Key Elements.
1) (ASL) - The International Ground Based Assisted Launch System. This would use Magnetic Repulsor Forces & Technology "ONLY" to Propel a Launch Sled and Space Vehicle up a Metal Rail Track on the side of a Mountain near the Earths Equator at a constant 45 degree angle, and using an Over/Under Metal Wheel Configuration to hard lock the Launch Sled and Space Vehicle to the Launch Ramp and Rails. This system is "NOT" to be confused with a MAGLEV system, which also uses Magnetic Forces, but "Levitates" the Sled Vehicle in the Magnetic Field as well as Propelling it with Magnetic Repulsive Forces. We have specifically picked Magnetic Repulsor Forces as the Main Propulsive Force to move the Launch Sled and Space Vehicle up the Launch Ramp and to Maximum Launch/Release Speeds, for these reasons:
A) Solid Rocket Motor Assisted Propulsion would require Added Mass Weight to the Launch Sled or Launch Vehicle! The Fuel Added Structure would have to be carried on and with the Launch Sled and Space Vehicle as it is Accelerated/Launched up and off the Launch Ramp Facility.
B) Chemical Rocket Motor Assisted Propulsion would require Added Mass Weight to the Launch Sled or Launch Vehicle! The Fuel Added Structure would have to be carried on and with the Launch Sled and Space Vehicle as it is Accelerated/Launched up and off the Launch Ramp Facility.
C) Aerorobic Or Jet Motor Assisted Propulsion would require Added Mass Weight to the Launch Sled or Launch Vehicle! The Fuel Added Structure would have to be carried on and with the Launch Sled and Space Vehicle as it is Accelerated/Launched up and off the Launch Ramp Facility.
D) Electromagnetic Repulsor Motor Assisted Propulsion would ""NOT"" require Added Mass & Weight to the Launch Sled or Launch Vehicle! "NO" Fuel or Added Structure would have to be carried on or with the Launch Sled and Space Vehicle as it is Accelerated/ Launched up and off the Launch Ramp Facility. Acceleration Forces and Total Launch Energy is only restricted by Available Power Source and Total Repulsor Area on the Launch Sled. (ie: More Repulsor Surface Area, the More Thrust Is Able To Be Generated!) (Example: A dragster has wide rubber tires, as the more rubber surface that connects with the pavement surface, allows more horsepower from the engine and drive train to propel the dragster forward!) The More Surface Area, and the More Thrust or Acceleration Forces can be Generated in a given Distance or Time form a given Energy Source! ie: Electric Power Translated into Electromagnetic Repulsor Forces/Thrust!
2) (RLV/SSTO) - The Fully Reusable Space "Vehicles" and "Space Planes" which will be designed to take advantage of the #1 above. We hope already existing Space Plane (RLV and SSTO) Programs in the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan, India, and Elsewhere Globally can be drawn upon to seek out a few good candidates for this effort. This, as it is the goal of the ISA organization, ISP ALS Programs, to take full advantage of already proposed or developed (RLV & SSTO) systems, to cut cost, and speed up the ability for an Operational System to be Developed, Constructed, and in Operation with in 5 to 7 years! We do not want to duplicate or reinvent the wheel, but to build on and take advantage of many good ideas and efforts Globally.
These two elements would be undertaken and pursued in an International Consortium of Government and Private Interests and Parties. This would be done in an Airbus Industries Like Management Model and Approach. These Programs and Systems once in operation, would be "Pay As You Go" and "Launch For Hire".