Virgin Galactic will launch its 1st commercial spaceflight on June 27

It is getting close to time for a form of elevator all the way up into orbit. Not only from surface up but from orbit down.

White Knight-like carriers takes vessels to the edge of space. Ships from orbit are there to take them as carriers -- undergird and transport them -- all the rest of the way up into orbit. A two-stage horizontal takeoff and landing operation to orbit and glide back. The carrier from orbit never comes closer to the Earth than the edge of space.

Then next up, hopefully, Skylon "single stage horizontal takeoff to orbit."
 
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