[amsat-bb] Re: spaceflight(launch) question
w7lrd at comcast.net
Fri Oct 31 22:55:03 PDT 2008
"if this were easy, everyone would be doing it"
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From: "Auke de Jong, VE6PWN" <sparkycivic at shaw.ca>
> I was wondering... An question just occured to me that I couldn't answer: If a
> small satellite were hand-launched from the space station, and it contained an
> ion-drive motor powered by electricity, would it ever be able to accelerate in
> order to gain a higher orbit, or would that require an impracically large power
> supply/engine? In other words, could that method be used to achieve higher
> orbits with communication/ham class satellites without having to use the typical
> large rocket we've been using all this time? Also, would there be a
> cost-advantage to this method?
> Auke de Jong
> Edmonton, AB
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