Low Cost Launch Technologies

One of Black Sun Planetary Solutions’ primary goals is to enable affordable access to space.  We believe this will require revolutionary, not evolutionary new technologies to make space available to the myriad of human activities that could benefit.  The principle challenges in developing these kinds of technologies are finding funding for the often riskier development work.  Revolutionary technologies by their nature are less mature and have less hard data supporting them and they therefore fair relatively poorly in the competitive government and investor sponsored research selections.  However, what BSPS is looking for are the immature, longshot ideas that have the potential to reduce costs for space access by at least 2 orders of magnitude, preferably 4.  This will change space from a playground for big governments and billionaires into a place we can all access with the same ease as international air travel.

Our goal is to sponsor research by groups, individuals, laboratories or other corporations as well as internally to develop as many creative solutions as we can.  We intend to invest much of the profit from our other business activities into this area and actively solicit outside contributions to supplement these funds.  Our goal is to make these new technologies as widely available as possible to encourage collegial cooperation and to enable market competition to further drive down prices of eventual services.  Research activities will be steered towards active experimentation and construction of working prototypes or proof of concept demonstrations and less on paper descriptions and computer simulations.

A sample of some of the areas we are interested in sponsoring research in includes:
  • Space Elevators
  • Rail Gun launchers
  • Ground Laser-Powered Propulsion
  • Orbital Tethers/Slingshots
  • Levitation (Electromagnetic Repulsion or Other)
  • Novel Energy Sources/Storage
  • Exotic Physics Applications (Antimatter, Quantum Effects, Space Folding/Warping)

Check back soon to see details for how you can contribute to this effort either financially or through submission of research ideas or grant requests.  We intend to begin active research in mid-2014.