[ExI] Inflatable tower could climb to the edge of space

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Fri Jun 12 19:01:50 UTC 2009

On 6/12/09, Dan wrote:
> I believe that idea's been discussed before -- and not just here.
> Not that it's a bad idea.  I think I also saw an animation on a TV
> documentary depicting a crewed rocket being accelerated and
> then the rockets firing at the end -- kind of similar, I reckon, to
> launching planes from a carrier, though I presume the jets are
> running before they're launched.

Oh yes, it's an old idea. I'm not trying to claim I just invented it!  :)

I'm just saying that wouldn't it be sensible that before trying to
build the difficult tower project, we should try the easier land-based


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