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kill the SLS, mine Mars, build an Earth-Mars cycler

Posted by: quanthasaquality - Tue Oct 18, 2011 5:03 am
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Post kill the SLS, mine Mars, build an Earth-Mars cycler   Posted on: Tue Oct 18, 2011 5:03 am
Mars has a delta v of 4-5 km/s to enter low orbit, versus the ~8 km/s of Earth. With the smaller delta v, a Mars SSTO sounds practical. Electrolyze the water, and grow some crops on Mars. Use SSTO to put them into orbit. Grab some rock from Deimos, Phobos, or asteroid. Use ion rockets to put them into a Earth-Mars cycler orbit. Now, less stuff has to be lifted from Earth, saving money. Most people here would say, "That's obvious". If only Congress would understand, or not be so pork hungry.


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Post Re: kill the SLS, mine Mars, build an Earth-Mars cycler   Posted on: Tue Oct 18, 2011 7:48 am
Pretty sure that the USA doesn't have multiple trillion dollars spare....


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