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Landing through space: the dream of an American lieutenant colonel

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When Lt. Col. Lafontaine, along with other marines, was helicopter crossing Pakistan's airspace for landing in Afghanistan, he thought there had to be some other better way of delivery. And this led him to the idea of ​​landing through space.


This is described in the article of the famous defense expert David Ax, which was published today in the publication National Interest.

To send US Marines into battle through space, you need to have high technology and high ambition. Today, this idea has greatly transformed, turning into something completely different, more attainable and less fantastic.

Initially, it consisted of landing marines anywhere in the world, using a ship launched into near orbit. Moreover, the speed of delivery from the United States would not exceed a couple of hours. The delivery ship, which then, in the early 2000s, did not yet exist, was conditionally called Sustain. It was an abbreviation for Small Unit Space Transport and Insertion, or a small device for space transportation and landing. The landing was supposed to be on a "space plane", which started from the side of the ship, delivering it to the lower orbit of the Earth.

The use of such a landing method, in addition to a high delivery speed, had another advantage. Since any transfer would be made through space, bypassing the airspace of other countries, it was not required to request permission from other states to fly.

But there was a significant drawback: the impossibility of returning the marines to the base in the same way, since the take-off of a space plane required a long runway and developed ground infrastructure.

The key to solving this problem could only be replacing people with robots. The modern development of military robotics, the presence in the arsenal of the armed forces of the United States and other countries of drones capable of performing various combat missions on land, water and in the air, breathed a second life into this seemingly fantastic project.

After all, drones have no families, and they do not mind one-way missions. Thus, the need to return the "landing" disappears, because instead of people used kamikaze drones. It can be both UAVs and ground drones.

Now the project of the space carrier aircraft uses not only the experience of the defense industry, but also actively studies the achievements of civilian space exploration. In particular, there is an increased interest in space tourism programs that the military is considering to adapt to solve its problems. Today, there are practically no technological obstacles to the project.

Therefore, today the concept of robotic space paratroopers remains viable, and Lieutenant Colonel Lafontaine's dream has not died.
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  1. Amateur
    Amateur April 27 2020 16: 49 New
    +2
    When Lt. Col. Lafontaine, along with other marines, was helicopter crossing Pakistan's airspace for landing in Afghanistan, he thought there had to be some other better way of delivery. And this led him to the idea of ​​landing through space.

    Did the lieutenant colonel accidentally come across the book of A.N. Tolstoy "Aelita" and the ship of engineer Elk with a landing on Mars?
    1. 210ox
      210ox April 27 2020 16: 54 New
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      Shiz came across him .. Most likely.
      1. NEXUS
        NEXUS April 27 2020 17: 03 New
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        Quote: 210ox
        Shiz came across him .. Most likely.

        Yesterday our paratroopers jumped from 10 km, and today an article immediately appeared about the wet dreams of mattresses about landing from space. Only ours then jumped, and mattresses only feed on dreams.
        1. poquello
          poquello April 27 2020 17: 24 New
          +1
          Quote: NEXUS
          Quote: 210ox
          Shiz came across him .. Most likely.

          Yesterday our paratroopers jumped from 10 km, and today an article immediately appeared about the wet dreams of mattresses about landing from space. Only ours then jumped, and mattresses only feed on dreams.

          people tend to dream

          IMHO we are closer
          1. orionvitt
            orionvitt April 27 2020 23: 19 New
            +1
            Here it is important to fasten the American flag not to forget.
            1. poquello
              poquello April 28 2020 01: 06 New
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              Quote: orionvitt
              Here it is important to fasten the American flag not to forget.

              and whoever got up before - that and slippers
        2. Starover_Z
          Starover_Z April 27 2020 20: 20 New
          +1
          Quote: NEXUS
          Yesterday our paratroopers jumped from 10 km, and today an article immediately appeared about the wet dreams of mattresses about landing from space. Only ours then jumped, and mattresses only feed on dreams.

          Single Americans have already jumped from the stratosphere, 39 km or higher, and successfully landed.
          An Austrian parachutist, 43-year-old Felix Baumgartner, made a jump from the stratosphere in the US state of New Mexico at an altitude of 39 kilometers, thereby breaking the world record, which had previously held 52 years.
          https://rg.ru/2012/10/15/felix-site.html

          So they have not only dreams ...
          1. orionvitt
            orionvitt April 27 2020 23: 08 New
            +1
            Quote: Starover_Z
            Single Americans have already jumped from the stratosphere, 39 km or higher and successfully landed

            Ours also jumped from the stratosphere, so what?
          2. KCA
            KCA April 28 2020 04: 47 New
            +4
            The jump from the stratosphere of one specially trained person in a spacesuit is slightly different from the landing of a combat group with ammunition and ready to join the battle immediately after landing
      2. ZAV69
        ZAV69 April 27 2020 19: 12 New
        +1
        Why, he just got Harlein's Starship Troopers.
        1. Kasym
          Kasym April 27 2020 20: 15 New
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          Dear idea. No Pentagon budgets will be enough. hi
  2. knn54
    knn54 April 27 2020 16: 53 New
    +3
    Rather, "Starship Troopers" ("Starship Infantry") by R. Hanlein.
    1. svp67
      svp67 April 27 2020 17: 00 New
      +3
      Quote: Amateur
      Did the lieutenant colonel accidentally come across the book of A.N. Tolstoy "Aelita" and the ship of engineer Elk with a landing on Mars?

      Quote: 210ox
      Shiz came across him .. Most likely.

      Quote: knn54
      Rather, "Starship Troopers" ("Starship Infantry") by R. Hanlein.

      Chelomei expressed this idea and was close to its realization ...
      1. NordUral
        NordUral April 27 2020 19: 55 New
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        Thank! Looked in one go. There was a time of great people and achievements! And all this was killed by insignificant people by the will of an unkind Fate, who found themselves at the heights of power in the Union.
        1. orionvitt
          orionvitt April 27 2020 23: 10 New
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          Quote: NordUral
          Thank! Looked in one go

          Watch the four episodes of Winged Space. You will definitely not regret it.
          1. NordUral
            NordUral April 28 2020 12: 09 New
            -1
            Thanks, sure!
  3. Doccor18
    Doccor18 April 27 2020 16: 57 New
    +9
    Whatever you can imagine, while flying through Pakistan.
  4. Azazelo
    Azazelo April 27 2020 17: 00 New
    +3
    Drop it from the ISS by parachute ....
  5. rocket757
    rocket757 April 27 2020 17: 07 New
    +7
    Dreams of the lieutenant colonel will come true. It’s not right tomorrow, but it’s also not so that it is not realistic in the foreseeable future.
  6. mojohed2012
    mojohed2012 April 27 2020 17: 09 New
    +1
    It is necessary to launch a colonel with a landing in Pakistan through the moon. Then, in general, there are no questions. Us marines are cooler than the mountains.
    But, as they say: The higher the mountains, the lower the priors.
  7. Mite
    Mite April 27 2020 17: 15 New
    +2
    Therefore, today the concept of robotic space paratroopers remains viable, and Lieutenant Colonel Lafontaine's dream has not died.

    That Amers just won’t come up with it, just not to fight directly ourselves .. Well, gentlemen, we are preparing for such a war .. A Russian man has always been famous for his ingenuity and ingenuity .. It’s not for nothing that you made a real hunt for our programmers around the world. . Put them on far-fetched charges and the guy all disappeared ..
  8. bk316
    bk316 April 27 2020 17: 17 New
    +6
    EEE ... The first of April?
  9. iouris
    iouris April 27 2020 17: 36 New
    +4
    This is to Elon Mask: he knows how.
    1. Blackmokona
      Blackmokona April 27 2020 18: 57 New
      +1
      He’s kinda doing that kind of thing right now
  10. Gato
    Gato April 27 2020 17: 44 New
    -1
    There must be some other better shipping method. And this led him to the idea of ​​landing through space.

    Boot! fool Teleport is our everything!
    1. poquello
      poquello April 27 2020 18: 15 New
      +1
      Quote: Gato
      There must be some other better shipping method. And this led him to the idea of ​​landing through space.

      Boot! fool Teleport is our everything!

      Remember, Vasily Ivanovich called his orderly Petka from New York, and asked not to drink from those bottles that were in the Sents
      1. Gato
        Gato April 27 2020 18: 28 New
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        And I still remember the "Philadelphia Experiment" - why not repeat it? fellow
        1. poquello
          poquello April 27 2020 18: 34 New
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          Quote: Gato
          And I still remember the "Philadelphia Experiment" - why not repeat it? fellow

          you can dig, our Donbass miners!
          1. Gato
            Gato April 27 2020 18: 38 New
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            And yet, yes, directly faster than gardens through an orbit!
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  12. ccsr
    ccsr April 27 2020 17: 58 New
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    Therefore, today the concept of robotic space paratroopers remains viable, and Lieutenant Colonel Lafontaine's dream has not died.

    Another nonsense, which I do not even want to comment. It’s even surprising why they publish such nonsense on VO.
    1. Grandfather
      Grandfather April 27 2020 18: 26 New
      +2
      Quote: ccsr
      Therefore, today the concept of robotic space paratroopers remains viable, and Lieutenant Colonel Lafontaine's dream has not died.

      Another nonsense, which I do not even want to comment. It’s even surprising why they publish such nonsense on VO.

      what would you all the same comment ...
  13. Chaldon48
    Chaldon48 April 27 2020 18: 08 New
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    This colonel is just crazy, now the United States and its astronaut are forced to carry on our ships!
  14. Pvi1206
    Pvi1206 April 27 2020 18: 10 New
    +1
    today the concept of robotic space paratroopers remains viable

    Everything goes to the point that robots will fight ... i.e. intelligence and technology ... and computer games contribute to this ...
  15. Vasyan1971
    Vasyan1971 April 27 2020 18: 36 New
    +1
    When Lt. Col. Lafontaine, along with other marines, was helicopter crossing Pakistan's airspace for landing in Afghanistan

    The sequel to heroin drug trafficking: "Delirium".
  16. Prisoner
    Prisoner April 27 2020 18: 37 New
    +4
    Landing a unit from space and into territory with good air defense is of course a gift to the enemy, which he can only dream of. You can understand how a sporting achievement is, and as a solution to a technical problem, it’s a complete delight. The lieutenant colonel, like all American warriors, is spoiled by the technical backwardness of the enemy, and so he is engaged in manilism. And probably a big fan of Hollywood products.
  17. Vladimir
    Vladimir April 27 2020 18: 47 New
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    This makes no sense.
  18. Peter is not the first
    Peter is not the first April 27 2020 18: 55 New
    +2
    Lt. Col. Lafontaine, sailing first on the UDC or on an aircraft carrier, which is less likely from the US to the Arabian Sea, and then flying by helicopter over Pakistan, expressed a worthy military thought that he did not want to risk his life taking the lives of the people of Afghanistan and Iraq , Syria and ... and it’s better, sitting on the couch, as we are with you, to give commands to robots to land and clean up a certain territory, without suffering from bursts of memory and conscience from the sight of the killed people.
    If an American politician like Trump, Biden or the wife of her lover Monica Leviinsky, who was in seventh heaven with happiness from the sight of the murder of Muammar Gaddafi, had thought about this, they would not have thought so petty about some kind of fast space landing, but offered to immediately build on On that continent, a plant for the automated production of robots, and to clean up not a specific territory, but to move connecting time and space: "From here to sunset"!
    Oh yes, I was wrong! After all, robots do not sleep, so time falls out of the team, and it remains: "Kill everyone from here to the sea."
    drinks Bloodthirsty I'm something today, maybe the coronavirus has affected.
  19. NordUral
    NordUral April 27 2020 18: 56 New
    -1
    But there was a significant drawback: the impossibility of returning the marines to the base in the same way, since the take-off of a space plane required a long runway and developed ground infrastructure.

    This question is superfluous. Aborigines will save you from the need to work on the return of the landing.
    And the robots will be adopted.
  20. Lord of the Sith
    Lord of the Sith April 27 2020 19: 21 New
    +2
    Show the lieutenant colonel the film Aliens, let him pound with legs with delight))
    That's just where the Marines very much pulled out the lyule, but that's another story))
  21. Fedorovich
    Fedorovich April 27 2020 19: 39 New
    0
    They made a great soup, that's all.
  22. Kelwin
    Kelwin April 27 2020 19: 49 New
    +4
    Spring 2025, Washington.
    -Lieutenant colonel! We have already sent the fourth landing - what is going on there, where is the result !?
    -Sir, to blame, sir! We are analyzing the situation, probably ...
    -Probably!? I probably have to do a sex change, otherwise I won’t survive in Congress! Provide results immediately!
    -Sir, yes sir! We are doing our best, but the specialists of BostonDynamics have not yet figured out the reasons, they insist on sending another mission ...
    -So send! YouTube intelligence has uncovered a serious threat to national security! And connect this like him .. Mosca or Mask, we need a result! Follow! ...
    .
    Meanwhile, the village of Gadyukino, Moscow region.
    -Mikhalych, how are they working?)
    - Yes, damn it, Kolyan, where are they going to go) Roly on a locksmith fumbles give way, he has a tractor dancing ballet, not like these cyborgs) Let's roll? * pours half a cup *
    -Come on. So what else? There, the chief of staff wonders why, according to the VKS, they have stagnated, they have not been able to carry out normal exercises for a month, they need to help out ...
    -Yes, they’ll describe to Yurik, he has a hundred subscribers there, they’ll organize at least tomorrow, and they’re tired of the tanks too. SchA everything will be shorter. It’s necessary to come up with a fresher current, or even even these striped brakes can taste that we keep them apart all the time, what kind of photonic rockets are in Gadyukino ... come on .. * charges on the second *
    - Well, let them not be photonic, but meson ... what difference does it make. We will be!
    - Well, let it be. Uh, good ..) Take a cucumber, homemade .. This current, we must also decide with Ochkarik, they pressed the lave this time, they say the wrong engines on this mattress trough, they say they do not fit them on the burners, they are rather weak ... Well, he count, the mash tank, 80 tons, while you heat ... In short, they ask for more help, otherwise they won’t take it ...
    -Well, her ... pour it on. And how do we solve this ... Call Yurtz, let him come up with a hyperspin, what kind of thread he’ll have to overcome, he’s viscous hefty over Gadyukino, or how ...
    * zero five ended, the second appeared *
    The discussion lasted until late at night, the women in the bathhouse asked them to give them at least a couple of cyborgs and one drone, so that they would rustle around the housework, and, of course, get their way, for try to refuse ... drinks
  23. vkd.dvk
    vkd.dvk April 27 2020 19: 59 New
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    Quote: Amateur
    When Lt. Col. Lafontaine, along with other marines, was helicopter crossing Pakistan's airspace for landing in Afghanistan, he thought there had to be some other better way of delivery. And this led him to the idea of ​​landing through space.

    Did the lieutenant colonel accidentally come across the book of A.N. Tolstoy "Aelita" and the ship of engineer Elk with a landing on Mars?

    A brave military man cannot read. Why, they are not paid for this. And for saying such nonsense, which can be presented as know-how and knocking out loot from Congress.
  24. Bshkaus
    Bshkaus April 27 2020 22: 30 New
    +1
    Exactly a hundred years ago in young Soviet Russia, there was a similar case: one eccentric wrote the story "Out of the Earth", few people then understood the humor, but there was an enthusiast who decided to see what would come of it. I took a capsule of a high-altitude stratospheric balloon to study the weather, stuffed it with the latest electronics with the latest technology, planted a rocket plane on the structure, assembled according to the drawings from the above story and rushed "space age".
    The erudite people will immediately remember that the events of this story took place just in 2017-2020 and were insightful to disgrace, and who didn’t read and did not understand who was talking about, they giggle at the American colonel, arguing which room of his psychiatric clinic to place.
    Seriously though, the issue of "Starship Troopers" is a matter of the future and it is already predetermined in a positive way, in 20, 50 or 100 years, it does not matter.
  25. Banzai
    Banzai April 28 2020 00: 00 New
    0
    Direct deliveries of grass from Afghanistan .... America Post. We will take care of your worries.
  26. Vladimir SHajkin
    Vladimir SHajkin April 28 2020 05: 15 New
    +1
    A thought cannot be stopped, at first it seems and is absurd, because it always arises before existing technologies, engineering solutions and application tactics, and when the technological time comes, then the initial thought itself can be radically transformed.
    1. Kuzmitsky
      April 29 2020 20: 06 New
      0
      Maybe a soap bubble, or maybe something from this idea will turn out. Moreover, technically there is nothing unrealistic here. Drones can be anything you like, delivering them from orbit is also not a problem, especially into orbit. The only question is expediency and financing.

      And the first attempts to implement the project are likely to be unsuccessful. There, the first self-running carriage is an absurd and absurd invention. Puffs, smokes, barely pulls, rides slower than a horse, and even breaks constantly. And now what traffic jams from cars, and a horse with a cart is already a curiosity. But you never know how many similar examples!
  27. Dormidont Evlampievich
    Dormidont Evlampievich April 28 2020 14: 18 New
    0
    God did not give horns to a vigorous cow
  28. ycuce234-san
    ycuce234-san April 30 2020 22: 39 New
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    After all, drones do not have families, and they do not mind one-way missions.

    The required type of "drones" had already been invented - in 1918, and called aerial bombs.
    Such rocket spaceplanes are most likely needed in order to do what any weapon is incapable of in principle - for example, delivering the necessary specialists, equipment and resources to distressed nuclear submarines, polar explorers, aircraft, etc., safely and quickly transport senior officials of the state and valuable documents, etc.