If investors are to get any return on their investment, we must have a market.
Here we will look at some parts of the potential market.
The initial payloads will be about 4000 Kg to GEO.
This is much smaller than some customers want to put into GEO.
Some customers will be able to design their systems so that they can be sent up
in pieces and assembled in orbit. This can be solar panels, fuel containers,
antennas, etc. To do this we would need some sort of
telerobotic assembly device
at the station on the tether. This would not be hard.
Current satellites are vulnerable to attack. They
are lightweight and unarmored. A tinny suborbital missile
can put some shotgun pellets in the path of a
satellite. When the satellite hits
the pellets at 17,000 miles per hour, it will be destroyed.
can hit satellites from the ground. Another attack
is to use a nuclear bomb to generate an EMP. To defend
against these it would be nice to have lots of heavy
shielding. Up till now this has been too costly.
However, this could be a big market if prices to LEO
get low enough.
The US has decided to make a missile defense. It is currently
focused on ground based systems. However, if there were
a low cost launch service they might want to develop a
space based system.
When thinking about potential financers of this project
some other possible markets
came to mind.
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