List of Figures and Tables

FIGURE 1

 

Conceptual priority schedule for the National Launch System (NLS).

FIGURE 2

 

Characteristics of the proposed liquid-oxygen/liquid-hydrogen Space Transportation Main Engine (STME).

FIGURE 3

 

Hybrid motor that uses liquid oxygen and a solid fuel. The liquid oxidizer flow can be controlled to permit throttling and engine shutdown. Courtesy of Thiokol Corporation.

 

FIGURE 4

 

Modular plug engine. Courtesy of Aerojet General Corporation.

 

FIGURE 5

 

Proposed schedule for the development and construction of a new launch infrastructure.

FIGURE 6

 

Proposed schematic for East Coast launch facilities.

 

FIGURE 7

 

Proposed schematic for West Coast launch facilities.

 

TABLE 1

 

Conservative Projection of Traffic Requirements

 

TABLE 2

 

Current and Proposed U.S. Launch Vehicles

TABLE 3

 

International Launch Systems

 

TABLE 4

 

Characteristics of U.S. and International Liquid-Oxygen/Hydrocarbon Engines

TABLE 5

 

Characteristics of Flight-Proven U.S. and International Liquid-Oxygen/Liquid-Hydrogen Engines



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From Earth to Orbit: An Assessment of Transportation Options List of Figures and Tables FIGURE 1   Conceptual priority schedule for the National Launch System (NLS). FIGURE 2   Characteristics of the proposed liquid-oxygen/liquid-hydrogen Space Transportation Main Engine (STME). FIGURE 3   Hybrid motor that uses liquid oxygen and a solid fuel. The liquid oxidizer flow can be controlled to permit throttling and engine shutdown. Courtesy of Thiokol Corporation.   FIGURE 4   Modular plug engine. Courtesy of Aerojet General Corporation.   FIGURE 5   Proposed schedule for the development and construction of a new launch infrastructure. FIGURE 6   Proposed schematic for East Coast launch facilities.   FIGURE 7   Proposed schematic for West Coast launch facilities.   TABLE 1   Conservative Projection of Traffic Requirements   TABLE 2   Current and Proposed U.S. Launch Vehicles TABLE 3   International Launch Systems   TABLE 4   Characteristics of U.S. and International Liquid-Oxygen/Hydrocarbon Engines TABLE 5   Characteristics of Flight-Proven U.S. and International Liquid-Oxygen/Liquid-Hydrogen Engines

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From Earth to Orbit: An Assessment of Transportation Options TABLE 6   Characteristics of Flight-Proven U.S. and International Nitrogen-Tetroxide/Hydrazine-Based Engines   TABLE 7   Characteristics of the Flight-Proven U.S. RSRM and the Proposed ASRM Solid Rocket Motors   TABLE 8   Comparison of the STME and SSME   TABLE 9   Characteristics of Proposed U.S. and International Liquid-Oxygen/Liquid-Hydrogen Engines   TABLE 10   Characteristics of Proposed International Nitrogen-Tetroxide/Hydrazine-Based Engines   TABLE 11   Characteristics of Solid, Liquid, and Hybrid Boosters