[amsat-bb] Thought experiment ... Rockets and balloons
pabutusa at gmail.com
Wed Sep 18 10:01:36 PDT 2013
I'm not a rocket scientist but I have an active imagination .....
Thinking of a recent XKCD .... to achieve orbit .... the hard part isn't
the altitude it's the velocity ....
Would there be any advantage (cost effective) carrying a launch vehicle say
to 37KM ... think Red Bull Stratos .... and firing the engines there???
So you're already 37KM up .... there's a lot less atmospheric drag ....
This would be like a drop from a plane ... but even higher ....
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