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Semiballistic edges closer
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Author:  PeterScott [ Sat Dec 01, 2012 9:39 pm ]
Post subject:  Semiballistic edges closer

Heinlein's semiballistic transports come a little bit closer with this invention. I note that the flight path artfully threads the Bering Strait, managing not to overfly US land or Russian either.

Author:  sakeneko [ Sun Dec 02, 2012 4:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Semiballistic edges closer

I noticed that a few days ago. It was inevitable, IMHO, because what Virgin Galactic/Scaled Composities is doing is essentially a semiballistic. Their purpose is to carry passengers to the edge of space, not hop between points on earth, but the technology would work no matter where you land the vehicle. Ditto SpaceX. The barriers to space are slowly coming down. I think *this* time there's enough momentum and the technology is at a point where it won't be stillborn. :-) <fingers crossed>

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