Patent Number: 6,293,503

Title: Space Launch system with pressure reduction devices between stages

Abstract: A rocket having first and second stages constructed with a first interstage region located between the first and second stages. The interstage region further includes methods of and apparatus for reducing the pressure therein. In this manner, the reduced pressure may be used to keep the rocket in tact during flight. In one embodiment, a second interstage section is also located between a second and a third stage. The a method of reducing pressure is achieved in one embodiment by using the velocity of air passing the rocket during flight to create a pressure within the interstage regions that is lower than the ambient pressure around the rocket.

Inventors: Beal; D. Andy (Highland Park, TX)


International Classification: B64G 1/64 (20060101); B64G 1/00 (20060101); F02K 9/00 (20060101); F02K 9/76 (20060101); B64G 1/22 (20060101); B64G 1/40 (20060101); B64G 001/22 ()

Expiration Date: 09/25/2018