Freefall 0877

Launch

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Is this going to launch us into orbit?

No. In an atmosphere, friction would generate too much heat.

The magnetic rail will get us up to about Mach Two. For us, it's cheaper, and the newer shuttles need the speed to start their scramjets.

Oh! Now I get it!

When the city council said they were going to strap an iron plate to my butt and run me out of town on a rail, THIS is the rail they were talking about.

На корабле используется гиперзвуковой прямоточный воздушно-реактивный двигатель.

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