Ugh they piss me off so much.
They think they are doing something great? Ok so they coast to 100km...at 2,500 mph OH MY FUKING GOD...SOMEONE CALL THE GUINESS BOOK OF WORLD
RECORDS...I THINK WE HAVE DONE SOMETHING INCREDIBLE HERE.
Just as I was stating, hell they probably can't even get into orbit.
Let's look at the basic facts.
You have to go 17,000+ mph to sustain yourself in low earth orbit, which means you have to go that fast (even faster technically) to get beyond that
Not because you need to be going faster, actually you need to go slower to maintain a higher orbit, but you need to increase your acceleration to
escape earth's gravity.
Now...the problem isn't getting up there, but the weight used to get up there.
Why did NASA go with expensive GIGANTIC rockets?
They are the most efficient ways off the earth...not the easiest, not the cheapest, but the most efficient.
A rocket will burn fuel accelerating you and as it burns fuel it loses weight thus becoming lighter. (ugh I use such horrible unscientific terms but
this is simple shooting down that retarded private astronaut crap).
The plan they are using, makes it very cheap, but VERY inefficient, here is how.
You fly a plane high-up, then blast a rocket into space...sound good eh?
Well let's see...a rocket to get to orbit weighs...crud let's say 30,000 tons? (I don't remember my figures I was talking with someone who really
knew their stuff explaining why they needed to reduce thrust when landing on the moon and it involved weights for the lander...maybe it was 30,000
Either way... let's just say you have "x-weight" that's much easier.
Again, the rocket will be x-weight and go into orbit.
Simply put however, you can have a plane be x/4-weight and get to 50,000 feet.
Ok, but how much extra weight can that plane really carry? It has to carry its own fuel, and then that of the rocket, and the pay-load.
So you're at 50,000 feet going say...1,000 mph. Now you need something to get you to 17,000 mph to maintain an orbit, so you're off by 16,000.
That means you need something about 15/16thx-weight (all basic stuff as I ramble), on a plane that's only x/4th as heavy...maybe even much
Well your plane would squash.
So it's not feasable to get any type of significant amount of stuff into orbit.
I doubt they can even cheaply get anything into orbit using this method....
All they are doing is killing NASA by redirecting the ignorant masses' attention away from NASA.