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Title:
METHOD FOR TRANSPORTING A PAYLOAD INTO OUTER SPACE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO2000034122
Kind Code:
B1
Abstract:
The invention relates to a method for transporting a payload into outer space. A device designed therefore consists of at least two modules. The first module depicts a helium-filled balloon (1). The second module is an aerodynamically shaped aircraft (2) which exhibits the properties of an airplane when travelling at high speeds. The balloon lifts the system to a height of approximately 18 km. The module (2) is then detached. After a free fall of approximately 16 km, the module (2) has gathered enough speed such that the aerodynamic properties become effective. As a result, the aircraft can take on a horizontal flying position. The thrusters are switched on and an acceleration and climbing phase ensues in the upper atmosphere, and afterwards into outer space. To this end, the aircraft is advantageously equipped with rocket propulsion units. The method makes it possible, with an equal take-off weight, to increase the payload by approximately 50 % as compared with a horizontally launched system.

Inventors:
FUERSICH MANFRED (DE)
Application Number:
EP9909480W
Publication Date:
July 20, 2000
Filing Date:
December 03, 1999
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Assignee:
FUERSICH MANFRED (DE)
International Classes:
B64B1/00; B64D5/00; B64G1/00; B64G1/14; (IPC1-7): B64G1/10; B64B1/00; B64G1/14
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