If you're just going to respond to this to add that this is a stupid
Then please try to restrain yourself...
The idea is to put a single astronaut in a suit, or very small
capsule, into low Earth Orbit, for 2 or 3 trips around the Earth.
Build a HUGELY HUGE, REALLY HUGE, WITH THE IDEA OF BEING HUGE IN
Helium Balloon Shaped like a Donut. Oriented while in use, so that the
Hole in the Donut is Perpendicular to The Earth. So looking up, you
could see Space, looking down, you would see The Earth.
You build a Platform under the Balloon with a common Rubber Tube
So that when the Balloon is at it's apogee, which is aided by heating
the helium in the balloon,
You slingshot the astronaut into orbit, through the hole in the
The Balloon is tethered to the Earth by a very strong fishing line, So
that the helium in the Balloon is cooled, and the donut is reeled in,
- posted 14 years ago