From Earth to Orbit: An Assessment of Transportation Options

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If the United States hopes to continue as a leader in space, it must invest now in better earth-to-orbit technology by replacing obsolete launch facilities while also developing a new class of more robust and reliable vehicles.

From Earth to Orbit provides strategies to reduce launch costs while increasing the reliability and resiliency of vehicles. It also recommends continued improvements for the Space Shuttle Orbiter and its subsystems and the development of a Space Transportation Main Engine (STME).


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Terms Acronyms And Abbreviations
A Path To A Desirable National Space Launch System
Projected Launch Requirements
Launch Vehicle Options 26
Propulsion Capabilities For Earthtoorbit Launch Vehicle 40
Proposed U S and International Engines and Motors 49
Technology Development 62
A An Approach to Space Infrastructure 77
B List of Participants 84

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