[ExI] Inflatable tower could climb to the edge of space
jrd1415 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 8 23:12:50 UTC 2009
On Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 3:24 PM, Damien Broderick<thespike at satx.rr.com> wrote:
> 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.
> Damien Broderick
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