Re: SPACE: Launch from ULDB?

From: Chuck Kuecker (
Date: Wed Mar 14 2001 - 15:27:17 MST

At 04:36 PM 3/14/01 -0500, you wrote:

>Ok, well, how about as a suborbital launch platform for the x-prize? All
>that matters for that is altitude and turnaround time, it seems, no
>orbital velocity.

Doesn't X-Prize want a ground launch and quick turnaround fro a second
launch, both to 100 km? The rules seem to imply this - the crew must be in
the craft "on the Earth's surface"...

They only allow replacement of 10% of the vehicle's non-propellant mass
between flights, also. I suppose the balloon would not mass much...

Chuck Kuecker

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