Air launching is perhaps one of the most tantalizing concepts for launch vehicles. Use an aircraft while in the atmosphere so we use the atmosphere to our advantage to lift and accelerate a rocket and then just start the rocket in the upper atmosphere while already at a high velocity!

It honestly feels like a no-brainer. So why don’t we see more companies pursuing this? Or for that matter, why are pretty much all the programs that utilized air launch for orbital rockets no longer in existence?

00:00 – Intro
01:39 – Prerequisite
02:15 – Pros Of Air Launching
06:05 – Cons Of Air Launching
20:05 – Summary


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