The Problem of Space Travel: The Rocket Motor

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Table of Contents




The Power of Gravity

The Practical Gravitational Boundary of the Earth

The Free Orbit

Maneuvering in the Gravitational Fields of Outer Space

The Armor Barrier of the Earth's Atmosphere

The Highest Altitudes Reach to Date

The Cannon Shot into Outer Space

The Reactive Force

The Reaction Vehicle

The Rocket

Previous Researchers Addressing the Problem of Space Flight

The Travel Velocity and the Efficiency of Rocket Vehicles

The Ascent

General Comments about the Structure of the Space Rocket

Proposals to Date

Comments Regarding Previous Design Recommendations

The Return to Earth

Hohmann's Landing Maneuver

Landing in a Force Circular Orbit

Landing in Braking Ellipses

Oberth's Landing Maneuver

The Result to Date

Two Other Important Questions

The Space Rocket in an Inclined Trajectory

The Space Rocket as an Airplane

The Space Station in Empty Space

The Nature of Gravity and How it Can be Influenced

The Effect of Weightlessness on the Human Organism

The Physical Behavior of Objects when Gravity is Missing

Without Air

Perpetual Silence Prevails in Empty Space

Sunshine During Nighttime Darkness

Unlimited Visibility

Without Heat

Designing the Space Station

The Solar Power Plant

Supplying Light

Supplying Air and Heat

Supplying Water

Long Distance Communications

Means of Controlling the Space Station

Partitioning the Space Station into 3 Entities

The Habitat Wheel

The Observatory and the Machine Room

Providing for Long-Distance Communications and Safety

Partitioning the Space Station into 2 Entities

The Space Suit

The Trip to the Space Station

Special Physical Experiments

Telescopes of Enormous Size

Observing and Researching the Earth's Surface

Exploring the Stars

A Giant Floating Mirror

The Most Dreadful Weapon

To Distant Celestial Bodies

The Technology of Space Travel

Launching from the Earth's Surface

The Space Station as a Base for Travel into Deep Space

The Attainability of the Neighboring Planets

Distant Worlds

Will It Ever be Possible to Reach Fixed Stars?

The Expected Course of Development of Space Travel

Final Remarks

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Last Updated:
September 20, 2007