posted on Jan, 19 2016 @ 07:40 AM
a reply to: Phage
Actually, Phage, you kinda missed the whole point of the Rockoon concept.
You might want to look up the Cheap Access To Space (C.A.T.S.) prize conducted in the late 1990's. An effort to develop the First non-governmental,
"amateur" rocket launch to reach space.
The primary advantage presented by the Rockoon configuration is that it affords a significantly reduced need for fuel, and the mass that fuel
With any ground-based launch, the majority of the onboard fuel is expended overcoming intertIa and climbing against the significant drag imposed by
the atmosphere at low altitude.
A Rockoon, launched Above up to 90% of the bulk of the atmosphere, reduces the effects of drag, and conserves that bulk of fuel to apply to countering
intertIa and achieving the velocity required for orbit, or altitude.