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Climber Mass distribution from The Space Elevator by Edwards and Westling

900

TOTAL

42

Track and Rollers

127

Motors (100 kW)

21

Photovoltaic Arrays (12 m2, 100 kW)

27

Power Control

27

Ribbon Splicing

36

Thermal Control

64

Structure

18

Command

18

Attitude Control

520

Ribbon

Mass (kg)

Component

Table 3.2: Mass Breakdown for the first climber

Design constraint of <233 kg comes from adding the red numbers in the table.

Not all of the structure can be dedicated to the drive system.

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