True, but a space elevator will do for space travel what trains did for land travel. Make it more accessible, cheap, and common.ReconToaster wrote:
Anyways rasq, while a space elevator would be great, it's really not a necessity for an Orion starship.
Yeah, efficiency... Chemical rockets are something that should be considered a necessary evil. Too expensive, too problematic, and too inefficient.ReconToaster wrote:Anyways, why couldn't we just get it into orbit with conventional chemical rockets, and blast off the nukes once it's out of orbit? Is it just a matter of efficiency? Obviously these things are big... and thus pretty hard to get into space...
The rail gun should be able to deliver heavy payloads into space, and I believe it is already in some form of development.
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