[amsat-bb] Re: LEO to HEO

Zilvinas, LY2SS zilvinas at augma.lt
Thu Oct 18 22:58:32 PDT 2012

On 2012.10.19 08:19, Gus 8P6SM wrote:
> On 10/18/2012 06:16 PM, STeve Andre' wrote:
>> It absolutely could be done -- with the right amount of money.
>> I'm not sure that a kick motor would ultimately be cheaper
>> than a flight designed to get something into HEO, nor as safe.
> I think the problem with traditional kick motors is that they're big and
> heavy.  Pretty much mandating a Fridge-Sat, not a Rubik-Sat.  Other
> propulsion systems may be better suited to a small format.
> I wonder what would happen if you electrically detonated a large
> firearms cartridge in a small satellite.  I mean, exactly how much of a
> 'kick' do you need to get a small satellite up to a reasonable height?
> Perhaps this is an experiment some university should conduct.

Here's also interesting concept and figures:


73! Zilvis LY2SS

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