Now if I recall he was on the edge of space at that point of his jump, and that got me thinking. What if there was away to pull you up from that point into outter space.
The idea is have a orbiting system, that will move around the planet, lower a drag capture hookup, then it could grab on to your balloon setup and pull you the rest of the way up. It could be a remote drone type robot, and once it has you pulled up, it would dock you to the space station.
Ok it's just an idea lol. But it could work right?
Until some exotic way of moving people to space comes around like transporters, then space elevators seems to be the most reliable way. I suppose it is not necessary to have it touch the ground and use a plane to dock with the bottom. However, each would have different problems to solve.
Quantum physics allows you to momentarily be in two places at the exact same time.
So my answer is Quantum Transporters.
You step on the transporter. Enter your destination. For an inconceivable and imperceptible amount of time, you exist in two locations at once. But as far as you are concerned, you disappeared in one location and appeared in the other.
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Technologically, either a space elevator or a mass driver.
Financially, the best way to fund it would be a special progressive head tax, from $40 to $25,000 per person per year, depending on earnings bracket. I recommend making it a special tax because people will be more willing to fund something if the amount is fixed and for a specific purpose rather than getting funneled into the general fund - they can make the connection between their remittance and what the state is doing with it.
Already done mate, how much cash have you got and you can go into space yourself with out a rocket.
While only the rich can use it at the moment given enough time and other space ports built the price should go down so every one can have ago well hopefully anyway.
What there is, is a tarmac in the desert. Nothing more, nothing less.
And even if that tarmac did what the hype says it is intended to do, it still relies on rockets to go up, and it still relies on methods that are inherently inefficient. There isn't enough fuel in the world for everyone to go up that way.
Private space launch is pure hype. Appeals to greed and wishful thinking won't make the difficult easy. Greed conjures up dreams of the free lunch and that is privatized space travel.
No - conquering a new frontier requires heroism and sacrifice...the least of which is opening our wallets a bit. Taxes. No one wants to pay them because they're unsexy but they are what opened the door to the moon and will continue to push forward should we find the will.