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ITSy and a dispersal bus for Starlink.

My inner eye sees them stacked up in shelves and a busy little robot picking them up one by one and kicking them out the payload door.

So you see the ITSY performing bus functions?  Maybe initially, but I see it lofting a bus with very high Isp.
Only saw the trailer and well, I am not even going to say something about the cheesy love story and even the storyline in general, I think I saw a doozy of a nitpick. Where are the snoopy caps? Girl astronaut especially, fully suited up walking in slo-mo to the rocket, her long hair flowing freely over the suit ring and her shoulders, just puts on the helmet and voilą? In terms of communication, also not a good option in a launching rocket, I presume.
Hello I'm new nice to meet you all, I've no credible background in aerospace, rocketry or anything relevant to this site, except maybe IT support but you seem to have that well covered, I'm here to float an idea and hopefully learn something by seeing it shot down.

For anyone wondering what's this "air supported structure" nonsense:

I'm familiar with the StarTram concept so rest assured I'm not reinventing that wheel rather I have an idea for how the mass driver track can be supported/stabilized which is daunting in scale but seems economical if the megastructure is used to support multiple mass driver tracks. You know those inflated Redbull air racing pylons, or maybe jumping castles are a better example, anyway my idea is to make a conical mountain of air 20km tall and 40km wide (45 degree slope) covered by PVC coated nylon/Kevlar/whatever mesh, on the ocean and weighted down, with as many mass drivers running up the sides as is practical.

Of course you wouldn't have all the tracks meet at the apex ::) but rather angled slightly off so the packages/craft can safely pass by each other, indeed it would be more of a plateau than an apex.

Yes it's a huge project, yes it would cost many billions of dollars, but in terms of getting lots of stuff into space really quickly only an orbital ring would be better and I don't see how anyone can build one of those without building some kind of mass driver system first. Economically the investment would be enormous but assuming there's a demand to get lots of stuff into space really quickly, and we're still launching rockets despite how wildly expensive they are, it could be somewhat profitable.
These simulations don't seem to take landing fuel into account so the payload needs to be heavily discounted. An SSTO only makes sense if it's reusable, especially one that can also be operated as fully-reusable TSTO. Also it's pretty much accepted that the new versions has 9m diameter.

Could this be Elon's unexpected application?
SEP 04:35 2017. CREATED: 25 SEP 07:47 2017
Looks like a ~35° LEO launch with an upper stage
Spaceflight Entertainment and Hobbies / Re: The Space Between Us
« Last post by KelvinZero on Today at 10:27 AM »
Not a bad movie. I watched it the other day the reviews show a pretty bad movie but it's not that bad at all. but then again I'm a little partial to some of the actors in the movie.
I quite liked it. It was basically positive and uplifting re space, despite the premise. I watch anything that is remotely like hardSF or has hardSF elements but pretty much all of them use space as a metaphor for our cold bleak future, or as a set up for horror movie monsters.

My major complaint was that there were a few glaring science flaws, including a major one right at the climax. Frustrating because I think they could have been fixed or avoided with a 20min conversation to someone on this site. They had some nice real space vehicles then used them wrong.

As to why it wasn't a success, IMO the biggest problem was: who was it aimed at? Teenage girls interested in space? Wasn't starwars, wasn't action, wasn't quite family. Twilight was a steaming pile of poo but it made money and this wasn't that either.
I see something more akin to the Mark 41 Vertical Launching System, but with several satellites stacked in each tube. Staggered  release.
The DSI and PR are targetting NEA not belt asteriods. NEA orbits intersect earth's on regular basis, every few months or years they comeback around at which time water or metal is returned to cislunar space.

As for lunar gold there is theory that gold dust has accumulated in polar craters, dust is carried by electrostatic charge until drops out at poles. If correct it could be profitable byproduct of lunar water extraction especially at $40M tonne. Transport costs from poles to EML1 should be lot less than $40M if water extraction is ever going to be viable.

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SpaceX Mars / Re: IAC 2017 -- ITS v0.2
« Last post by FutureSpaceTourist on Today at 10:17 AM »
Elon Musk‏ Verified account @elonmusk 2m2 minutes ago

Major improvements & some unexpected applications to be unveiled on Friday at @IAC2017 in Australia
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