While maglev trains are usually associated with high-speed rapid transit projects on Earth, organizers of the StarTram project hope to use the same technology to send materials into orbit. Rather than using rocketry, the proposed vehicle would use vessels supported by magnetic levitation to move equipment. The system could have an efficiency rating up to 90%. The second generation StarTram megastructure would tower above 96% of the world’s atmospheric mass. The craft wouldn’t necessarily use that much power either. In fact, it would probably only cost around $1 per kilogram of payload to operate. This means that interested parties could actually buy their way into space. Such options would hasten colonization of space. Read More →
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