The contemporary (1978-1985) concepts of Keith Loftstrom ("Launch Loop", Analog - Science Fact article) and Earle Smith ("Texas and Universe Railroad", L5 News) among others also simmered in my creative mind to produce the beginnings of the generalized "Kinetic Energy Supported transportation Structures" concept which is key to much on this website. I urged the National Commission on Space to seriously pursue Lofstrom's, Hyde's, and Smith's concepts during my testimony to it in 1985, but these were left out of the resulting NCS commission's report on the future of the nation's space program. So I began an effort on my own to get attention to their ideas, but as I looked into them more deeply I found problems which probably cause others to drop the subject; however, I found solutions to many of those problems, and combined them and at this point has evolved into the concepts on energy supported structures presented on my GEnie files in the 1988-1989 time frame; wrote upon and submitted for the RAND survey; presented on my web pages as soon as I could get this website started and ever since then; I formally presented a paper on it to the Space Studies Institute in May 1997 ("Kinetic Energy Supported Electrically Powered Transportation Structures") but it was so controversial that they failed to publish it; and now the basic concept is finally formally published as "Kinetically Supported Transportation Structures" in the procedings of the Space 2000 conference in March 2000.
(This page is a "Work In Progress" by James E. D. Cline. Latest revision
on 2000 04 09.)
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