I imagine it's no different than launching a multi-stage cruise missile. The difference being it's aimed for an orbit instead of a ground target.
FlexibleFlier wrote:I'm fascinated by the concept. Understand, I'm no scientist but given the math involved in determining trajectory, rocket motor cutout, etc, launching from a stationary pad with the known rotation of the earth, just how do you figure out how to do it from a moving platform at a non-specific altitude (even if only by a few feet) and a variable speed and direction? And so on and so forth. Obviously they think they've worked the problem successfully but my poor - and old - brain doesn't get it.
Ah, well....nobody ever said I was smart.
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