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The Mass Driver Project: A Preliminary Design of a Material Transfer System for Space Construction Projects Using Open Source Design Principles

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posted on 25.05.2021, 07:19 by Dean Anthony Marjan Gerl
This project attempts to adapt open source software development principles to the evaluation and design of a mass driver system capable of transporting construction material from the Earth's surface to orbit as a stream of inline, discrete material packages following one after another. The design process does not identify any "show stopper" physical effects. The final design of the system proposes using a novel launch rail concept to send a stream of 10 kg. material packages to a 10 000 km apogee altitude, where a rocket motor fires to place the material package into a highly elliptical orbit. A satellite, in a similar orbit, collects the material packages and distributes than to a space construction project. Further work is required to evaluate the aerodynamic issues related to the material package stream. Open source collaboration on the design did not occur; however seven potential collaborators were identified.

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Language

eng

Degree

Master of Applied Science

Program

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type

Thesis

Thesis Advisor

Filippo A. Salustri

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