This Mobile Maritime Launch Pad Puts Satellites in Orbit for Less

By Andrew Tarantola

This Mobile Maritime Launch Pad Puts Satellites in Orbit for Less

When it comes to orbital launch positioning, the Earth has something of a sweet spot: its equator. Like a gigantic planetary baseball bat, rockets jump off the Earth’s center-line with ease and enter geostationary orbits using a fraction of the energy required anywhere else on the planet. But the problem is that there isn’t a whole lot of usable land along the equator—so one enterprising consortium has developed a means of launching rockets from the middle of the ocean.

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Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/2lq9N8yeGJs/this-mobile-maritime-launch-pad-puts-satellites-in-orbi-1453410360

    

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