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The mass budget constraint

Why is the first climber limited to 900 kg?

Because the pilot ribbon is the largest that can fit in the Shuttle’s cargo bay

The pilot ribbon can only support a 900 kg climber

If we can’t build a 900 kg climber, then the pilot ribbon needs to be larger which means it can’t be boosted to LEO with the Space Shuttle

Everything gets more expensive then

What can we boost the pilot ribbon  with?

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