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From Earth to Orbit: An Assessment of Transportation Options List of Figures and Tables FIGURE 1 Conceptual priority schedule for the National Launch System (NLS). FIGURE 2 Characteristics of the proposed liquid-oxygen/liquid-hydrogen Space Transportation Main Engine (STME). FIGURE 3 Hybrid motor that uses liquid oxygen and a solid fuel. The liquid oxidizer flow can be controlled to permit throttling and engine shutdown. Courtesy of Thiokol Corporation. FIGURE 4 Modular plug engine. Courtesy of Aerojet General Corporation. FIGURE 5 Proposed schedule for the development and construction of a new launch infrastructure. FIGURE 6 Proposed schematic for East Coast launch facilities. FIGURE 7 Proposed schematic for West Coast launch facilities. TABLE 1 Conservative Projection of Traffic Requirements TABLE 2 Current and Proposed U.S. Launch Vehicles TABLE 3 International Launch Systems TABLE 4 Characteristics of U.S. and International Liquid-Oxygen/Hydrocarbon Engines TABLE 5 Characteristics of Flight-Proven U.S. and International Liquid-Oxygen/Liquid-Hydrogen Engines
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From Earth to Orbit: An Assessment of Transportation Options TABLE 6 Characteristics of Flight-Proven U.S. and International Nitrogen-Tetroxide/Hydrazine-Based Engines TABLE 7 Characteristics of the Flight-Proven U.S. RSRM and the Proposed ASRM Solid Rocket Motors TABLE 8 Comparison of the STME and SSME TABLE 9 Characteristics of Proposed U.S. and International Liquid-Oxygen/Liquid-Hydrogen Engines TABLE 10 Characteristics of Proposed International Nitrogen-Tetroxide/Hydrazine-Based Engines TABLE 11 Characteristics of Solid, Liquid, and Hybrid Boosters
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