P1_4 Starship UK, the Hardest of Brexits?

Gary Sutlieff, James Cowen, Tom Hyde, Patrick Doyle, Toby Johnstone


In this paper we estimated the amount of energy and mass of fuel required to move the landmass of the United Kingdom, including the crust down to a depth of 24 km, into a “stable” circular Low Earth Orbit. We also compared various launch vehicles in terms of how much they can carry to orbit, and thus how many would be required and how much this would cost. It was found that 5.17X 10^26 J of energy would be required, or  7.06X10^14 Falcon 9 launchers, %at a cost of\\ £2.69X 10^22,

which would take 1.48 Tera-years to save for.


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