[ExI] Inflatable tower could climb to the edge of space
thespike at satx.rr.com
Mon Jun 8 22:24:58 UTC 2009
At 03:08 PM 6/8/2009 -0700, Jeff D. wrote:
>MY IDEA. MY IDEA. MY ORIGINAL IDEA. ORIGINATED BY MOI. ME, MY, MINE.
I remember discussing the feasibility of such a tube in the sky with
friends back in, oh, 1964. Sturdy inflated shell, evacuated innards=>
seriously reduced air drag. A giant cannon, sort of. Or condom.
Even with bucktubes and all, I still don't see how you can light up a
rocket engine at the top (let alone the bottom) and not set the
sucker on fire. Talk about the Towering Inferno.
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