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why launch from Puerto Rico?

June 7, 2014

(1)(A) its a American self governing territory with a democratically elected government.

(1)(B) its closer to the Equator that’s gives a larger payload to orbit

(1)(C) to the East and South of Puerto Rico there are islands that could host a first stage landing site for a reusable launch system; they are, (D) Virgin Islands(E), Anguilla(UK), Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, Guadeloupe(France), Martinique (France)Dominica.

(2)(A) the existing con ops for SpaceX is to use 30% of the first stage fuel to return the stage to its launching point with a payload penalty,our con ops uses an inflatable hyper sonic decelerator to slow the first stage to a landing down range on one of the islands and to lower the 30% fuel penalty to the payload, EDIT; “that other wise would have gone to landing the stage propulsively back at the launch site”

So our idea lends back to payload some of the 30% fuel penalty and provides an extra payload margin do to the 20 degree latitude.

  EDIT  29 July 2014 ; It Important to note this idea also works out of Vandenburg AFB by using the one of Channel islands as a landing site instead of a propulsive landing back at Vandenburg as is is being reported in the press this week.Indeed the idea works with out a inflatable hypersonic decelerator.   https://www.

 

I wonder? how much fuel would be required to get the first stage to orbit? or could a Falcon heavy get its core stage to orbit with no payload? This becomes a in space vehicle.

Edit 15 July 2014

Paper from last year,

Georgia-Institute-of-Technology-Final-Paper-2013

SpaceX Falcon heavy core stage placed into orbit idea as an in space stage! and being discussed here at NASASPCEFLIGHT,

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=33494.1800

 

 

 

 

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4 Comments
  1. Thanks for the links on discussions on how to get a SpaceX stage back to solid surface landing.

    Bob Clark

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  2. Thanks Mr Clark,

    I notice this idea has been adopted by SpaceX this week for Vandenburg

    http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/07/spacex-roadmap-rocket-business-revolution/

    at bottom of page channel island rumor

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