This question asks about a low cost transportation from the lunar surface to a space settlement at L5.

Moon mining is can be a revolutionary breakthrough in sustaining a space economy, but large scale transportation from the moon always seems to be an issue. The usage of transport rockets every now and them would exponentially drive up expenses.

When researching this topic, an electromagnetic rail gun and a mass driver were the only feasible options which I could find.

Are there any other concepts that are perceived as both technologically and economically competitive with two?

  • $\begingroup$ I've made an edit to your question to try to clarify it a little bit and get rid of the "any more ideas?" part which is technically off-topic (asks for a list). Please feel free to edit further. Thanks! $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    May 23, 2021 at 4:14


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