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Stratospheric-airship-assisted orbital payload launching (SAAOPL),  features with high reusability ratio, robust reliability and short launch cycle, is a novel launching system designed for the next few decades.

 

 


 

Ideas:

  • Combine stratospheric launch with HTHL reusable launch vehicle
  • A mixed structure of balloon and airship as the stratospheric launch platform
  • Use hydrogen and helium lifting gas in platform's ascent but completely vent hydrogen lifting gas after launched the reusable vehicle

Features:

  • Reusable: the whole launch system can be reusable 
  • Reliable:  launch system can bring payload back in launch failures
  • Short launch cycle: the next mission can be ready in 8 hours from the starting point of current mission