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  1. #1 Entering Space 
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    I'm reading alot about the new falcon 9 rocket. Burning tons of rocket fuel in order to lift an object straight up at a 90 degree angle is still the way to go apparently? We have planes that can reach the edge of space. What is holding us back from creating a vessel that has the ability to take off just as say an SR71, reach a super high altitude off normal flight, and then engage some sort of booster to finish the job from the edge of our atmosphere? It seems like this would be a lot more cost effective when it comes to fuel.


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    Several variants of this solution have been prposed over the years. The UK Skylon project is an interesting example that has some prospect of success.

    Here is a BBC news item on the craft and here is the parent company's site.


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